Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Cheesy Crab & Zucchini Risotto

A cold winter night in Victoria, what better way to warm up than with a cheesy risotto.

Inspired by Glutton’s Thermomix Crumpets, and with another offer of the holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula that came with it's own Thermomix (TM) I began to investigate. And can you believe – you can still make a creamy perfect risotto without stirring (simply because the TM does it for you). I used two recipes as my inspiration, one from the Community website, another from a Thermomix Blog.

As with Glutton’s Crumpets, a TM isn't necessary for this recipe other than to save you all that stirring - so I've put the instructions for both below.


  • 2 zucchini meduim quartered and sliced
  • 1 cup crab meat
  • 200 g mozzarella cubed
  • 1 red onion peeled and quartered
  • 2 stalk Celery
  • 30 g Butter
  • 300 g Aborio Rice
  • 800 ml stock
  • 200 g white wine
  • 50 g parmesan cheese,
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Grate mozzarella and parmesan 4 secs speed 8 set aside 
    • (NO TM = grate by hand)
  2. Chop onion and celery 4 seconds speed 5,  
    • (NO TM = chop very fine by hand)
  3. Add butter and sauté 3 minutes, 100 deg , speed 1 
    • (NO TM = use a saucepan and sauté for 5 min on medium heat)
  4. Add rice and cook 2 minutes at 100deg on REVERSE +speed 1 
    • (NO TM =heat on medium for 3 min – until rice is coated)
  5. Add wine, stock, crab and zucchini cook for 18 mins at 100degs on REVERSE + speed 1.5
    •  (NO TM = add zucchini & crab, and heat wine and stock in a separate saucepan)
    • Then add 1 cup warm liquid to begin and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until nearly absorbed. 
    • Continue adding 1/2 cup warm liquid at a time, stirring constantly, until it is nearly absorbed between additions).
  6. Remove risotto from the TM into a large bowl.
  7. Stir all cheeses though until melted and creamy.
  8. Leave to absorb for a few minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.


I don’t think it was necessary to add so much mozzarella – so I might half the amount next time I cook this recipe.

Delicious and winter warming – perfect with a glass of wine (but then, what doesn't work with wine!).


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