Stovetop risotto is notoriously labor intensive. This version gives you a break. Walk away as the rice turns al dente before finishing it off with a generous dusting of parmesan. Creamy, rich, and wonderfully umami, this is the dish you turn to when you need to eat your feelings.
All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time23 mins
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- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ cup (90g) arborio rice (short grain rice can also work in a pinch)
- ⅔ cup (160ml) chicken or vegetable stock
- ¼ cup (60ml) white wine
- 4-5 (90g) mushrooms, sliced (shiitake, oyster, cremini can all work)
- ¼ cup (25g) parmesan, grated
- salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- Melt butter in the Anyday dish. Add the garlic. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
- Cook in the microwave for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
- Stir in the rice, chicken stock, wine, mushrooms, and salt.
- Cover and cook at Power Level 4✕
Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels.
Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.
For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.
Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:
PL 10 = 100% = High (default)
PL 9 = 90% = High
PL 8 = 80% = Med-High
PL 7 = 70% = Med-High
PL 6 = 60% = Medium
PL 5 = 50% = Medium
PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low
PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low
PL 2 = 20% = Low
PL 1 = 10% = Low
You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.
- Stir in grated parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
Serving suggestions & tips
- Adjust the power level by 1 as needed — increase if it’s taking longer than expected, or decrease if it’s bubbling over.
- For a creamier risotto, add more cheese and butter.
- Mix in some fresh arugula right before serving to add some light greens.
- Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.