Tomato Risotto

IMG-20140214-00896Risotto is a staple of Northern Italian cookery using arborio rice (this is a must- thank you to our Italian friends for pointing that out). From a simple basis there are endless varieties.

Andrew: This is very labour intensive, but quite simple. A dreamy and filling meal.

Dawn: It sounds it! Love tomatoes!


Serves 4

Two tins of plum tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic

Olive Oil

A few basil leaves

250g risotto rice

15-20 baby plum tomatoes- halved

1 tbsp pesto sauce

1 red onion- finely chopped

1 further garlic clove

75g parmesan

A further handful of basil leaves

Chicken stock- 1-1.5 litres

200g unsalted butter

1 tbs thyme leaves

1 glass white wine

Andrew: You need to follow each step carefully.

Dawn: I will crack on with the tomato sauce!


  • To make the tomato sauce, gently fry the two cloves of garlic in a little olive oil, then add the tinned tomatoes and first set of torn basil leaves,cooking for 15 minutes so the sauce thickens and turns a deep shade of red. Leave aside when cooked.
  • Meanwhile leave the halved baby plum tomatoes marinating in the pesto sauce and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • In a large frying pan, melt half of the butter and add a drizzle of olive oil over a medium heat.
  • Fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes until softened, then add the rice and stir until all the grains are coated in the melted butter.
  • Add the thyme then the wine, and keep stirring until absorbed.
  • Add the tomato sauce, stirring so well mixed. Turn the heat to a simmer.
  • This is the laborious part. You need to add the chicken stock ladle by ladle, stirring as it absorbs, and not letting it stick to the pan.
  • This process will take 20-25 minutes. Taste the rice to ensure it is cooked.This will happen ‘suddenly’!
  • When the rice is cooked, stir in the marinated tomatoes, the remaining butter and the parmesan.
  • Serve immediately with salad of your choice.

Dawn: Wow! Amazing!

Andrew: It is. A little hard work but worth it.

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