Monday, 28 October 2013

M&S Cook With Risotto Recipe



There is a brand new M&S food range for this Autumn, ‘Cook With’. M&S has one of the most innovate ranges of Autumn food on the high street, and is now a one-stop-shop for essential and special cooking ingredients, which are perfect for either mid-week meals or for entertaining.

Cook With’ - available in M&S stores now - is a delicious range of inspiring and authentic ingredients, which are perfect for putting together great meals in minutes. 

The new Paella Recipe Paste above, for example - just add rice, chicken and prawns and your chosen vegetables for a really tasty dish (and quick!) dish.



I was sent the Risotto sauce to try and I was keen to give it a go, it recommends butternut squash and chicken, not being a mad fan of squash, I swapped. i know mushrooms are great for risottos so used some button ones, chopped in half.


What I loved about the dish is the ease of preparation. I just fried the chicken for a few minutes, adding the mushroom, then added in the water, rice and M&S risotto sauce. I was slightly dubious with the addition of all the water at the beginning. I am used to slowly adding the liquid and stirring. 


I went with it though for the purpose of the review, set the timer and to be honest only remembered to stir once.


I added a little more sage at the last minute and served. 
We loved it, the flavours really are really fresh, it was perfectly cooked, creamy, warming, proper comfort food for a cold evening.  Following the exact method on the jar, worked, which makes life easier.
A big thumbs up, I will be trying some more of the range, the jars are priced at £1.99 and are available in store now.
They include Fire Roasted  Tomato and Rosemary paste, Peppercorn paste, Brown Ale and Rosemary, Paste and many more.

 Disclosure: I was provided with some products from M&S to use. My opinions are mine and not influenced by the products.


19 comments:

  1. Ohh, I haven't had risotto before and liked it, but this looks delicious! Mouthwatering!

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    1. It was perfectly cooked without the need to stand and stir, the flavours made it less stodgy than some. Thanks.

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  2. Now this looks lovely - I have to admit M&S seem to do some really tasty meals. x

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    1. I love the ready meals, but this one you get to have a little of the glory, without the sweat. I thought the price was good for a really good paste as well.

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  3. MMm.. this looks good. i made a delicious pumpkin risotto the other night.

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    1. Thank you.I must try these squash type risotto, but never really liked it on its own.

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  4. I love risotto but I detest making it, your version sounds so simple. The Paella in the first picture looks delicious.

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    1. So simple and great family compliments without the fuss. I would like to try the paella too.

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  5. I like squash so I'd have kept it in. I do like risotto.

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  6. I like the sound of this. I love Risotto and the pre-made ones always seem to have mushrooms enough, so would love to make some myself :-)

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  7. I love risotto especially mushroom

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  8. not tried but looking forward to it

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  9. Is there a substitute to the risotto paste? im finding it hard to get hold of a jar!

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    1. They sell in the larger M&S food halls. I picked one recently. The only thing I could suggest to be a close copy of it would be to email M&S and ask for an ingredient list for it and maybe just use a 'from scratch'risotto recipe using the jar ingredients.

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