Review: Rice, risotto & pasta cooker


rice,-risotto-and-pasta-cookerFed up with the pasta boiling over, burning the risotto, or making rubbish rice? This may be the kitchen solution to some simple and efficient family favourites. Make sure to use this rice cooker, you´ll become the Rice Cooker Expert in the family.

Key features

I loved this idea. I’m forever overcooking rice and pasta, and they always boil over. Seeing to the kids is a constant distraction.

Risotto is a healthy cheap dinner that everyone actually eats without complaint! But I only make it when I have a chunk of uninterrupted time otherwise it burns onto the pan or goes mushy.

So, if this Breville VTP113 Rice, Risotto and Pasta Cooker could solve these problems for £39.99, the cost of some simple rice cookers, it’d press all my buttons! It has the following features:

  • 1.8litre capacity
  • Removable, non-stick bowl
  • Toughened glass lid
  • Steaming tray, measuring cup, spatula and recipes included
  • 3 cooking settings: rice/pasta, sauté, risotto
  • ‘Keep warm’ function
  • Turns off automatically when finished

What I liked about the product

It’s like a steamer, rice maker and slow cooker in one. No separate appliances to store, and for one price.

The rice/pasta cooking is so simple, and I love being able to go out while it’s cooking. The rice was really fluffy and perfect.

The booklet gives information about preparing vegetables for steaming which was useful. The steamer functionality was great; less washing up and much healthier for the children.

The real test was risotto, which came out a real treat! I tried the ‘Spicy butternut squash and bacon’ recipe in the booklet, and it was delicious. I’ve also done my usual recipe, and the rice was much less mushy than usual. I’ve yet to try the sweet recipes – ‘Vanilla and white chocolate’, mmm….

It’s been designed to last and be easy to use. The bowl fits in the sink easily, and the toughened glass lid makes me feel it’s all well-made.

What I didn’t like

Compared to a steamer, you can only steam one layer of food. This means you’re steaming fish or veg, for example, and you can’t do loads if you’re entertaining.

I also didn’t realise you have to fry the onion/veg before adding the rice for risotto. I had hoped I could just throw everything in, in one go!

The spatula is really plasticy and naff – I use a wooden spoon instead.

Is it good value for money?

It’s not cheap. But compared to having both a steamer and rice cooker, it’s a real bargain – plus it does the risotto and pasta too.

Where to purchase this product

I got my Breville VTP113 Rice, Risotto and Pasta Cooker from Argos, ref. 423/7697.

Rating out of five