I post here when I’ve made food that I eat and think “yes, this is good, I’d like to eat this again”. I’ve been living (mostly) alone for the last week and a bit, and I had plans. I was going to make exciting meals, experiment, oh such things I was going to show you. And then I was lazy, and mostly made combinations of pasta, veg and cheese. I didn’t post that. You already know how to make that. But this risotto is good! It’s low effort, tasty, and relies on ingredients you (or at least I) already have in.
200g Arborio rice
100g frozen peas
850ml hot vegetable stock
1 tbsp olive oil
Takes 30 minutes to make
Stage one: Fry the onion over a low-medium heat in the oil until it is translucent. Stir in the rice and lightly fry for 30 seconds.
Stage two: Add the vegetable stock one ladle at a time, stirring until the stock is absorbed before adding the next ladle. This will take about 20-30 minutes, depending on the heat. When you’re adding the final ladle, stir in the peas. Stir in most of the parmesan, then sprinkle the rest over the top (with a little basil if you’re fancy) and eat immediately.
This recipe is my idea of fast food and pot noodles rolled into one. I challenge you to go to a takeaway place, queue up at lunch time and get your food faster than you can make this meal. You can scale it up and down for as many people as you need to feed. You can make it with minimal ingredients and cooking tools. It’s healthy. It’s cheap. And yes, it’s ugly. I don’t care. It has a great personality. It’s not the best noodle dish you’ll ever eat, but when you’re eating it that fast I don’t mind.
1 serving of noodles (I use Sharwood’s dried egg noodles)
80g frozen peas (or whatever veg you have in the fridge/freezer!)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 medium egg
a sprinkle of powdered ginger
Serves 1, but easily multiplied
Takes about 8 minutes from start to finish
Stage one: Start to boil the kettle. Meanwhile, get out a pan and put the noodles and peas in it. Take out the rest of the ingredients so they’re at hand for stage two. When the kettle is boiled, cook the noodles and peas on the stove. This will take about 3 minutes.
Stage two: While the noodles and peas are cooking, put all the rest of the ingredients together. I do this in a glass. Then, using a fork, mix it all together.
Stage three: The noodles are done! Drain them, and then return them to the pan with the eggy mixture. Put everything back on the heat and stir so that the eggy mixture scrambles and cooks onto the noodles. This will take about a minute. And now you’re done! Eat.