Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

this is from barbara kafka's "microwave gourmet". i make it often, it's so easy. no stirring like the traditional recipe. add an extra cup of water if you like yours creamier.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. heat butter and oil in pie dish, uncovered for 2 minutes on hi.
  2. add onion, stir, cook for 4 minutes on hi.
  3. stir in rice to coat, cook 4 minutes on hi.
  4. mix saffron into broth, add to rice, cook on hi for 9 minutes.
  5. stir and cook on hi for 9 minutes more.
  6. let sit for a few mins, add salt, pepper and cheese.
Most Helpful

3 5

My microwave is a powerful one and the onions burned during the first steps. And all this liquid wouldn't fit into a pie plate, so I used a casserole dish. Then after the two 9 minute cooking steps, it was still very soupy, so I added another 5 minutes. It came out dark brown and gummy, not really the way risotto should look. But the flavor was still good. I was making for myself, so I was happy, but if it had been for company, I'd have been disappointed.

5 5

This is an excellant recipe! I do have to adjust the cooking time for the onions. I use shallots in place of the onions. I also add rosemary and marsala wine--no saffron. I served this with braised lamb shanks and it was a definite hit. T

5 5

This is a recipe I kept meaning to post, as I could never find the book when I wanted to make it - how great to find it already posted. Borrow the book from the library for conversions to different quantities and also for some tasty variations. I'm looking forward to lunch tomorrow.