Available at: Aldi
Cost: I totally forgot to look. It’s from Aldi, though, so I doubt I paid more than $4 for it.
Notes: Risotto is a pretty high-maintenance meal. Alll the stirring! But this is much simpler. You heat up some olive oil, then pour in this bag of risotto, along with a little bit of water, and simmer it until it’s done. You should stir it some, but you don’t have to put your life on hold to tend to it.
The results? Pretty impressive. You can see actual herbs in your finished meal! Great big chunks of roasted pumpkin! The sauce is indeed creamy, just like the package promises. And the spelt provides an interesting toothiness that I quite liked. I ate the entire bag, along with a salad, for dinner. Good stuff, and a very easy make for a weeknight, either as a vegetarian main dish or as a side.