Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Idiot-proof oven-baked risotto

This week on the Alley we're all about serving up fast and fabulous meals that get us out of the kitchen quicker and back to our writing.

Enter: Idiot-proof oven-baked risotto.

Photo credit: yours truly. 

Now, before you break into a cold sweat at the thought of standing at the stove stirring the pot for an hour, let me just tell you, this recipe is E.A.S.Y. (An acronym for Extra fast, Absolutely healthy, and Sensationally Yummy.) No stirring involved!

It's a flexible recipe, meaning as long as you get the proportions of rice and stock correct, you can add WHATEVER quantity of vegetables you like, depending on what you have kicking around your fridge.

But that's enough yabber from me - you have a book to be writing! Let's get dinner on!


1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees Farenheit. (Or 200C for any fellow Aussies out there.)
2. In a casserole dish with a lid, add 1 cup arborio rice to 2.5 cups chicken stock.*
3. Add one diced onion and a couple of handfuls of sliced mushrooms.
4. Bake for 45 mins.
5. Cube some pumpkin, place it on an oven tray and give it a light spray of olive oil, and roast it on another rack in the oven for 20 mins, or until soft.
6. Once the rice is done, add 1 cup of frozen peas, the roasted pumpkin, and some cubed feta. Stir through and return to the oven for 10-15 mins.

- Use a couple handfuls of baby spinach leaves instead of peas.
- If you're a die-hard carnivore, add some cooked and diced chicken, or prosciutto if you wanna get fancy.

* Note: quantity serves 3 - increase proportions if desired! You can also use veggie stock for a vegetarian version.

So that's it! Even my 1-year-old loved this recipe and devoured it! The 3-year-old took a little more convincing, but hey, you can't win 'em all! For a meal that took about 15 minutes prep, this was a winner.

Now get outta that kitchen and get writing!

Do you have a favourite super-fast recipe for deadline crunch-time? Please share!

Karen Schravemade lives in Australia. When she's not chasing after three small children, she spends her spare minutes daydreaming about the intricate lives of characters who don't actually exist. Find her on her website and Twitter.


Jeanne Takenaka said...

Karen, this looks DELICOUS! I like that it doesn't have a ton of cheese because one of my guys and me cannot eat it. :) So I am going to figure out how to make that work. :)

When I'm really pressed for time, I put a chicken in the crockpot, pour in 3/4 c white wine (or white cooking wine), sprinkle in basil, oregano, garlic powder salt and pepper and cook for 8-10 hours. Very fast and tasty.

Karen @ a house full of sunshine said...

Oooh, sounds delish, Jeanne! Thanks so much for sharing!

As for the cheese, you could definitely leave it out - in fact there was no cheese in the original recipe passed on to me from a friend, I just added it because I like a bit of feta. But it's just as good without. :)

Julia M. Reffner said...

Yum-o! I thought risotto was a slow recipe, this one looks great! Can't wait to try. I don't know if my family would eat the pumpkin so maybe I can try a different flavoring though.

Karen @ a house full of sunshine said...

For sure, Julia! Chicken, mushroom and baby spinach was the original combination in this recipe. You could put in whatever you like.