Slow Cooker Risotto

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I love risottos, but unfortunately my kids do not. I have noted on the blog before that they don’t like the “mushy rice”. We had additional left overs on the weekend which would easily feed the kids, so I thought I would have a go at a slow cooker risotto for Mr I and me. It was incredibly easy to cook and tasted delicious.

It was however a little mushy, as it cooked for probably 45 minustes or so too long. The younger kids and I had been in the city at the opening of Little Big Shots and just missed a train, so I arrived home later than I thought. Even with slight over cooking though it was still a hit Mr I, me and my mum who was visiting!

Slow Cooker Risotto

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 rashes rindless shortcut bacon
  • 1/2 bunch spring onions
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 2.5 cups chicken stock (sorry I forgot this earlier!)
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Method:

  1. Cut bacon into small strips. Finely chop spring onions. Finely chop red capsicum.
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan and cook bacon to desired level of crispiness.
  3. Place bacon, spring onions, capsicum and crushed garlic into the slow cooker. (I didn’t drain the bacon, but added everything for extra flavour.)
  4. Add the rice and stir well.
  5. Pour in stock and mix again.
  6. Cook for 5 hours on slow or 2.5 hours on high.
  7. Before serving fold in parmesan cheese and cream.
  8. Top with shaved parmesan cheese and cracked pepper.
Slow Cooker Risotto
 
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Recipe type: rice
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 rashes rindless shortcut bacon
  • ½ bunch spring onions
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 2.5 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup cream
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
Method:
  1. Cut bacon into small strips. Finely chop spring onions. Finely chop red capsicum.
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan and cook bacon to desired level of crispiness.
  3. Place bacon, spring onions, capsicum and crushed garlic into the slow cooker. (I didn't drain the bacon, but added everything for extra flavour.)
  4. Add the rice and stir well.
  5. Pour in stock and mix again.
  6. Cook for 5 hours on slow or 2.5 hours on high.
  7. Before serving fold in parmesan cheese and cream.
  8. Top with shaved parmesan cheese and cracked pepper.

Our Family Menu Plan for this week.

Baking: Easy Chocolate Cake

Monday: Slow Cooker Satay

Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie

Wednesday: Fried Rice

Thursday: Left Overs

Friday: Pasta Carbonara

Saturday: Souvlaki

Sunday: Chicken Schnitzel and Steamed Vegetables

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list.

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Comments

  1. says

    I have the same problem, Miss 4 is not a huge rice fan, particularly “mushy” rice like risotto and paella, but Dadda & I love it. This is also why we don’t get to eat casseroles :( Or even use the slow cooker much at all, honestly.

  2. says

    I make my risotto’s in the rice cooker. Very similar to your slow cooker risotto in fact.

    Benefit of my rice cooker is that it switches from ‘cook’ to ‘warm’ once the cooking cycle is finished so the rice does not over cook but stays warm.

    Draw back – rice on the bottom layer does dry out and stick to the pan if I leave it too long (couple of hours), but soaking overnight lifts it right off, so clean up is not too bad.

  3. Sonja says

    How much stock and type do you use for this recipe please?
    It is not listed under the Ingredients and just says to “pour in stock and mix again”.

  4. says

    i am definitely going to bookmark this. i’ve just compiled my month’s meal planner (yes, i’m hardcore and plan by the month) and was despairing over my mundane repetitive list of slow cook recipes. this one looks a winner

    • says

      Thanks! I am on the look out for recipes with a bit more variety with the slow cooker. Yet to try a dessert, so will try and find a decent one soon.

  5. Bobbie Colbert says

    I love your recipes! They are so simple! It frustrates me no end when recipes call for a pinch of this and a bit of that and something else I’ve never heard of! Keep it up! (loving your book too)

    • says

      Thank you! I am the same with pinch of this etc. I just turn off and look elsewhere! When the kids are older and I have more time to myself I am sure I will want to be a bit more adventurous, but for now I love simple and easy.

  6. says

    Fantastic! We all love risotto in our house, but only ever have it when my hubby is home to cook it – otherwise it burns and just goes very pear-shaped with 3 young children lol. This recipe is definitely going on my meal planner!

  7. says

    Thanks for this, I always wondered if risotto can be achieved in a slow cooker. I also love risotto, suprisingly all 4 of my kids love it too, but standing and stirring for 40 odd minutes is not always fun!

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