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Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#5: Mushroom risotto]

Updated on August 1, 2012
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This is a wonderful, rich autumn or winter dish – with melt-in-the-mouth quality. It is a real favourite in our home. The risotto works well with all mushroom types. The classic is to include porcini mushrooms and white wine. However as we are talking money-saving and cheap, tasty dishes – we can use standard button or chestnut mushrooms and stock, here.

APPROX COST (per serving): £1.00 / $1.60

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon Oil (preferably olive)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 200g / 8oz Arborio rice
  • 1 Stock cube
  • ½ litre / ¾ pt Water
  • 200g / 4oz Mushrooms (button / chestnut), wiped and chopped
  • sprinkle Chilli flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a lidded non-stick saucepan or lidded wok and fry the onion until see-through.
  2. Add the rice and coat in the oil.
  3. Now slowly add the stock (stock cube and water) to the pan stirring all the time; and only adding more stock when the rice has absorbed the previous addition. LAZY CHEF’S TIP: The above it the classic way to cook Arborio rice, but if you want to sit down or cannot be bothered to stir for 15 minutes – just add the full amount of stock and stir occasionally.
  4. Once the rice is cooked (it should still have a little hard bite to the rice grain), add the mushrooms and stir until they are soft. (You may need to add some more water / stock if the rice gets too hard to stir.)
  5. Season to taste and add the optional chilli flakes.
  6. Serve.

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Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#2: Quinoa rice]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#3: Veggie shepherd’s pie]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#4: Chickpea Moloshyam]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#5: Mushroom risotto]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#6: Cheese Omelette]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#7: Veggie Nasi Goreng]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#8: Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#9: Macaroni cheese]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#10: Curried eggs]

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