Cheese and ham risotto recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 35 min

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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