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Tomato Risotto

Risotto Made Easy!

This recipe is creamy, rich, and just darn delicious! By using simple ingredients from the pantry and fridge you can create a delicious dinner and become the chef of your kitchen.

How to make the perfect risotto:

  • Use warm broth

    • Using cold liquid can mess with the cooking process by cooling down the ingredients.

  • Little by little add broth

    • Slowly add warm broth to the rice. Sure, okay, you can pour it in all at once, but then it just turns into boiled rice.

    • By slowly adding broth you allow the rice more opportunities to touch, which will aid in the creaminess. Arborio rice is very starchy, and the starch is released by agitation.

  • Stir enough

    • You don't have to constantly stir every second while cooking risotto or until your arm falls off.

    • Stirring too much can cool down the ingredients, while not stirring enough might leave the rice sticking to the bottom.

    • Stirring enough continues to aid in the creaminess as it helps to release the starches, just like adding the broth slowly.

  • Medium is best

    • Cooking over medium heat we've found to be the best temp for making risotto.

    • Risotto has a slower cooking process, but the heat doesn't need to be so low where it takes forever, and not too high where you might run into burning and sticking.

  • Remove from heat just before rice is done

    • The residual heat will continue to cook the rice after, so it's best to remove the rice just before it's fully cooked.

  • Add butter and cheese at the end

    • Save the butter and cheese for after the rice is cooked.

    • This will also make the risotto extra creamy.

  • Depending on the veggie, most can wait to be added

    • This is a very relative statement, but it can help to enhance the risotto flavors.

    • We love roasting veggies and mixing them in after the risotto is cooked.

    • Sometimes flavors and veggies can get left lackluster if added right at the beginning of cooking.

    • Again, totally depends on the risotto dish.

Let's make it:

  • Olive oil

  • Onion

  • Garlic

  • Cherry tomatoes (plus more from toppings)

  • Arborio rice

  • White wine

  • Chicken or veggies broth/stock

  • Butter

  • Parmesan cheese

  • Balsamic glaze

  • Basil or parsley (optional)

Make sure to check out our other risotto dishes!