Cheat's Risotto

Serves 1, 5 minutes preparation, 5 minutes cooking

A quick and easy lunch or dinner for one. The tomatoes and spinach soften easily in the microwave and the cheese melts to create a sauce and give the consistency of risotto.  Also add whatever else you have on hand that cooks easily, such as mushrooms, spring onions or fresh herbs. 


  • 1 (250g) pouch '2-minute' microwavable brown rice
  • 8 or 10 cherry tomatoes
  • a handful (about 20g) fresh spinach leaves
  • 40g mozzarella or parmesan cheese, cubed
  • salt and pepper


  1. Transfer the brown rice to a microwave safe dish. Add tomatoes, spinach and mozarella cubes. Mix well.
  2. Cover the bowl with a piece of damp kitchen roll. Microwave for 2 minutes, remove and stir well. Season well with salt and pepper and eat immediately.

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