Cheese and ham risotto recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 35 min
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  • This mild creamy risotto is so much more appealing to young children than boiled rice as the grains stick together. Delicious and easy.


    • 1tbsp olive oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 300g (10oz) risotto rice
    • 900ml (1½ pt vegetable or chicken stock
    • 150g (5oz) mixed frozen vegetables
    • 50g (2oz) ham, cut into strips
    • 100g (4oz) Lancashire cheese
    • 50g (2oz) Double Gloucester cheese, grated
    • Want to make this for under £1 head?
    • Cost
    • : £3.74 (Asda)
    • Items
    • : Arborio risotto rice 93p, Smartprice frozen veg 44p, Deli carver ham (100g) 70p, Lancashire Cheddar (250g) £1.58, Onion 9p
    • (Prices correct at time of writing. See mysupermarket
    • for more deals).


    • Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion over a medium heat until just softened

    • Stir in the rice and cook for 1 min, then add the stock

    • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25 mins until the rice is almost tender, stirring occasionally

    • Stir the vegetables and ham into the pan. Cover and continue to cook for a further 5-10 mins until the rice is creamy and tender. Add a little more stock if required

    • Remove from the heat and crumble the Lancashire cheese into small pieces and stir into the rice until the cheese begins to melt.

    • Serve the risotto with the grated cheese for sprinkling on top.

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