Go ActiFry! Courgette, Chorizo & Sun Dried Tomato Risotto

Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 45 mins, Total Time: 50 mins

November 26, 2014

Eat Your Veg | Go Actifry Risotto Recipe

2tefalsI was recently asked if I’d like to try out a Tefal ActiFry. It didn’t take me too long to think about that one, especially as I’d already heard plenty of good things about their capabiliites. Admittedly, mainly to do with their exceptionally excellent low fat chips which I can wholeheartedly verify. Believe me. In the few short weeks it’s been in my presence my little lot have put it though the paces, testing out a variety of different oils, fats and potatoes. Purely for experimental reasons you understand. Oh the chore. But more on those 3% fat healthy chips in a later post.

The ActiFry isn’t just for chips. It’s more than capable of producing a variety of healthy family meals from bologneses to curries to stir fries, in fact there’s even a My ActiFry App choca full of inspiring and tasty-looking recipes. Having watched the mixing paddle gently turning the chips, on too many occasions to mention, it occurred to me it should be a natural at making a risotto. Ordinarily a dish that requires pretty constant stirring on a hob, the ActiFry could take away the human element and do the stirring for you. I also removed several steps from an ordinary risotto recipe, allowing this ActiFry all-in-one version to be made in four simple and easy stages. And to mightily impressive results I must say, a delicious, creamy and totally hassle-free risotto. I rarely made risottos mid-week before, being too time consuming to do so on my own with little ones to attend to, all that stirring and adding to it just wasn’t possible. But this ActiFry version literally does all the hard work for you. Totally amazeballs.

This is a risotto recipe I used to make pretty often but have neglected for a long time, it’s a heady combination of slightly spicy chorizo and courgettes, flavoured with white wine, tomato purée and sun-dried tomatoes. Not normally one to use chorizo these days the kids had a real hampering for it and cajoled me into buying some last week. A little of what you fancy eh, and besides it is paired with plenty of courgette. And the kids loved it, which is not something I can say about most risottos I’ve fed them lately!. Obviously the recipe could also be made in a saucepan on a hob, and I’ve included a traditional method following the ActiFry one.

The ActiFry incidentally works pretty much as a fryer but with only a teeny bit of oil. Food is heated using a revolutionary hot air system and thus a good deal safer and naturally healthier than a deep fat fryer. The unique stirring paddle ensures food is evenly coated and cooked and can be safely left for the cooking duration. The ActiFry contains an in-built odour free filter so no nasty chip shop smells either. I feel I should also point out it’s ease of cleaning, absolutely zero hassle, handily comes apart and can be popped in a dishwasher. All key features in my book.

I hope you get to try out my risotto recipe and do keep an eye out for more ActiFry posts coming very soon.

Disclaimer: I received a Family 1.5 Tefal ActiFry for review. All opinions and views are my own.

Eat Your Veg | Courgette, Chorizo & Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto


The Good Stuff:

Rapeseed Oil, Courgettes, Tomatoes

Great For:

Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Family Lunches or Dinners, Mid-Week Meals, Risotto Fans


Serves a Family of Four

Special Equipment:

A Tefal ActiFry OR a large heavy based saucepan

Go ActiFry! Courgette, Chorizo & Sun Dried Tomato Risotto

Ingredients Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 45 mins, Total Time: 50 mins

For a Family of Four:
1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
100g cooking chorizo, cut into £1 thickness rounds
225g risotto rice (half a small packet)
1 glass white wine
700ml weak chicken stock (I made mine with one Knorr Chicken Stock Pot)
2 small courgettes or 1 very large, diced into 1 cm or a little less cubes
60g sun-dried tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon tomato purée
black pepper
2 heaped tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
finely grated Parmesan or Grana Padano to serve

1) Place the oil, onion, garlic and chorizo in the bottom of your ActiFry. COOK for 7 minutes.
2) Add the rice and COOK for 2 minutes.
3) Pour in the wine, chicken stock, courgettes, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato purée and a generous pinch of black pepper. COOK for 35 minutes. The rice grains should be just tender and the courgette cooked through.
4) Stir through the parsley and leave the risotto to stand in the ActiFry for 2 minutes before serving.
Serve with a sprinkling of finely grated Parmesan or Grana Padano if you wish.

HOB Method:
1) Place the oil, onion, garlic and chorizo in a large saucepan and cook for 7 minutes on a gentle heat, stirring from time to time.
2) Stir through the rice and allow to cook for a minute, ensuring the grains get a coating of the oil.
3) Pour in the wine and stir, simmer on a gentle heat, stirring regularly.
4) Once most of the wine’s absorbed pour in a ladleful of hot stock, together with the courgettes, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato purée and a generous pinch of black pepper. Continue to stir at regular intervals adding further ladlefuls of hot stock every time the last one is nearly absorbed.
5) When the rice is tender, stir through the parsley and leave to stand for 2 minutes.
Serve with a sprinkling of finely grated Parmesan or Grana Padano if you wish.

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5 thoughts on “Go ActiFry! Courgette, Chorizo & Sun Dried Tomato Risotto

  1. Karen

    Actifry is one of the appliances I don’t have in my kitchen and I would love one being on the 5:2 diet – this recipe looks proper lush too! KAREN

  2. Lyla

    I made this tonight and it was absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing, I can see this becoming a regular feature in our weeknight dinners.



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