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Basic risotto for kids

The basic foundation of all risottos - super easy to make and so versatile ...

★★★★★ Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars. 4 Ratings
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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Serves 4
  • Vegetarian


Total time
40 Mins
Preparation time
5 Mins
Cooking time
35 Mins
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 300g risotto rice

  • 900ml boiling water + Knorr Zero Salt vegetable stock cube dissolved

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and saute the onion over a medium heat, stirring now and then, until it is transparent and just softened - this will take a few minutes

  2. Add the rice and stir well to coat all the grains, then cook, stirring, for another minute or two

  3. Now add a quarter of the hot stock, stir and bring to a simmer

  4. Stir while the rice absorbs the liquid and then add another quarter

  5. Repeat the process until all the stock is used up and the rice is tender and creamy - this will take about 25 minutes

  6. Test the rice by eating a forkful - it should be tender but with a little bite to it

  7. If you run out of stock just add a little hot water


A really easy basic risotto - eat as it is or see our other risotto recipes for variations.

Serves 2 - 3 children as a main course.

If you are pushed for time skip step 3 and instead put all the stock in a lidded ovenproof dish and cook it in the oven at 170 degrees for 30 minutes or so, stirring halfway through. Check near the end if more stock needs to be added.


Add grated Parmesan cheese and a knob of butter at the end of cooking for a rich and creamy texture.

Frozen vegetables, cooked ham or leftover chicken can all be added towards the end of the cooking time.

Chopped bacon can be added with the onion.

Try out other risotto recipes:

Chicken risotto

Risotto with peas and ham

Salmon and butternut squash risotto

Courgette risotto

Sausage and cabbage risotto

Chicken and mango risotto


★★★★★ Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars. 4 Ratings
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  • Guest

    ★★★★★ Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

    As a new-to-risotto cook, this was a great way to get started.

    Reviewed on 02/04/15

  • Guest

    ★★★★★ Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

    I made this but in a slow cooker and it was delicious ☺

    Reviewed on 23/03/15

  • Guest

    ★★★★☆ Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

    Really quick and easy

    Reviewed on 07/03/15

  • Guest

    ★★★★★ Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

    Love how easy and tasty this was to make.

    Reviewed on 22/02/15

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