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Microwave Risotto with Ham, Peas and Cheese

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Microwave Risotto with Ham, Peas and Cheese
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 4
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Get creamy, dreamy risotto without the hassle (or the mess) with this killer microwave version made even more amazing with ham, peas and Parmesan.
Updated Jan 31, 2017

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked short-grain Arborio rice
  • 2 1/2 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup Cascadian Farm™ frozen organic peas (from 10-oz bag)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)

Steps

  • 1
    In 2-quart microwavable bowl, place 2 tablespoons of the butter, the onion, garlic and pepper. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; microwave on High 2 to 4 minutes or until onion is soft. Add rice; stir to coat with butter. Cover; set aside.
  • 2
    In 4-cup microwavable measuring cup, place broth. Microwave uncovered on High 5 minutes or until hot. Pour into rice mixture; stir. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; microwave on High 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Stir mixture. Cover tightly; microwave on Medium (50%) 12 minutes. Stir in ham and frozen peas; continue to cook on Medium (50%) 5 to 7 minutes longer or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  • 4
    Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the cheese. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Instead of a 2-quart bowl, use an 8-cup glass measuring cup. It’s a great workhorse to have in your microwave cooking toolkit – measure and microwave all in one container.
  • tip 2
    Like it hot? Substitute crushed red pepper flakes for the ground black pepper.

Nutrition Information

440 Calories, 19g Total Fat, 19g Protein, 48g Total Carbohydrate, 3g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
Calories from Fat
170
Total Fat
19g
29%
Saturated Fat
11g
54%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
60mg
20%
Sodium
1330mg
55%
Potassium
270mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
48g
16%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
3g
Protein
19g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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