Cheater Risotto ~ a quick and easy side dish

Cheater Risotto

2 Tbsp oil (we like to use coconut oil)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 carrots peeled and finely shredded
1 garlic clove minced
1 cup long grain rice
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup boiling water

Step 1:
Heat oil in pot on medium-low heat.

Step 2:
Cut onion and add to pot. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 3:
Add garlic and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 4:
Add rice to pot. Stir and cook for 1 minute.

Step 5:
Add chicken stock and boiling water to pot (if vegetarian, replace with vegetable stock). Stir and bring to a boil.

Step 6:
Reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If rice isn't cooked but the liquid is gone, simply add 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup more boiling water and cook it off.

Step 7:
Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Family Thoughts:

Mom finds that this is a great way to hide a vegetable!

This recipe is slightly easier than traditional risotto in that you don't have to keep adding water, you only add the liquid once and cook it until the rice is done.

The kids love adding "sprinkles" to their risotto (the parmesan cheese).

This makes a great side dish to any meal!


  1. Thanks for this recipe! I love Risotto but don't have the patience to make it most of the time.

    Anne Taylor

  2. Will definitely have to try this recipe as i love Risotto i just hate the time it takes to make!

  3. Thanks for the recipe, will have to try it since I have had no luck making Risotto

  4. I agree.......I think this is a great way to hide a vegetable. I will have to give it a try soon. It is such a beautiful color. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing this with our Let's Get Real readers. I hope you come by to visit us often.

  5. This looks awesome! I love risotto but the recipe I use takes forever to make.

  6. This looks really good! I would add TONS more garlic though; its my family's favourite.

  7. My son-in-law loves Risotto, he would like this

  8. I have never tried Risotto before, but I do love my rice and pasta :) Thank you for your recipe!

  9. I like how easy this is Thanks

  10. This Cheater-Risotto recipe sounds delicious and healthy. Thank you for this recipe.

  11. This is great!! Love that all the ingredients are already in the kitchen...

  12. Thanks for the recipe - would love to try this - never made risotto at home

  13. My family asked me to make them Risotto. I'm so glad I found your recipe!

  14. Sounds so much easier than the traditional method that I might just try this one. Thanks for sharing :-)

  15. Wow, this is cheap and is going into my old bachelor cooklist

  16. Sounds easy and delicious!


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