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Zola Nene’s 15-minute microwave sweetcorn and cheddar risotto

A classic comfort dish made super quick and easy

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By House & Garden South Africa | October 14, 2020 | Recipes

Risotto can be a fairly tricky dish to make. You have to patiently keep a watchful eye on it, while constantly and gently stirring it.

So who would have thought that you could make it in the microwave. Most of us only use the microwave to reheat or defrost.

Local chef extraordinaire Zola Nene shares a yummy sweetcorn and cheddar risotto.

In the step-by-step video on her Instagram page, Zola comments, “Making risotto doesn’t have to be tedious … especially when you do it in the microwave! I let my LG NeoChef do all the hard work for me.”

15-minute Sweetcorn and Cheddar Risotto

Serves 4


1 tbs olive oil

20g butter

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely crushed

2 tsp chopped thyme

1½ cups Arborio or risotto rice

4 cups vegetable stock

1 tin creamed sweetcorn

100g mature cheddar, grated

Salt and pepper


Place the olive oil, butter, onion, garlic and thyme into a large microwave-safe dish.

Microwave on full power for 2 minutes.

Add the rice and 2 cups of stock, stir well, then return to the microwave for 3 minutes on full power.

Stir in the creamed sweetcorn and return to the microwave for 6 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes.

Stir in the remaining stock and cheese, then return to the microwave for another 2 minutes.

Leave to rest for 2 minutes, then stir. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then serve.

Although this microwave risotto only takes 15 minutes to make, there’s no sacrificing flavour here – the result is a deliciously creamy, cheesy and satisfying meal that the whole family will love.