As we head towards colder weather, is there anything more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of risotto? If the idea of slaving over a stove for at least 20-30 minutes doesn't do it for you, Trader Joe's Asparagus Risotto package will get it down to 5 minutes flat in a microwave. The taste was as close to homemade as I've ever had and is one of the best risottos I've had in the freezer section. My only regret is they only offer the Asparagus which some people might not find appealing. But it is definitely an item that should not be overlooked while in the freezer section at Trader Joes.
The package in the freezer aisle:
The nutritional information:
What is in it you ask?
How to make it? I chose the microwave route. Why dirty the stove?
What did it look like out of the bag? To be honest, at this point I was a little worried. What are the those sauce chunks doing so removed from the rice?
After coming out of the microwave? It's getting there but was still cold.
After needing a few more minutes and a good stir of the product.
How do you make this better? Add a protein or a "meatless" meatball from Trader Joes.
What did I think of it? Trader Joe's Asparagus Risotto was pretty good. I wished it came in more varieties other than asparagus. Risotto is a natural vehicle for different flavors. This is space for such creativity on the part of Trader Joes. The risotto was both al dente and creamy. It is definitely an off looking color from my pictures, but that is the sauce and the asparagus making it look like baby food. The taste was like it was homemade. The only thing beyond protein that I would add is a fresh shaving or two of parmesan cheese.
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Yet another item I've considered but passed on.. Will pick up a package on today's trip to TJ's... Thanks for the review.. :o)
Tried this last night with sauteed chicken thighs and a simple salad... The risotto cooked up nice and creamy.. I thought it a bit bland but not a deal breaker.. For the ease of prep, it will be worth it to add a bit of flavor next time.. A good side to have in the freezer...