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Playing How To Make Tomato Risotto | Rachael Ray

You only need a few fresh ingredients (Rach grabs them from her garden!) + some pantry staples to make this creamy tomato risotto.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups stock, or stock and water combined 
  • 1 chunk of rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped 
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste or sundried tomato paste
  • 1½ cups Arborio or carnaroli rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • About ¾ to 1 cup white wine 
  • 2 pints small grape or vine cherry tomatoes, halved, or 4 ripe vine tomatoes, chopped (3½ cups) 
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks 
  • One handful small basil leaves, torn
  • 1 to 1½ cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 

Yield

Serves: 4 to 6

Preparation

Warm the stock or stock cut with water and rind in a saucepot over medium-low heat. 

Heat a large round-bottomed pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add oil, 2 turns of the pan, add the onion and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste, stir a minute more, then add the Arborio or carnaroli and season the rice, onions and garlic with salt and pepper. Stir again for 1 minute, then add wine. From the first addition of liquids, the rice should take 18 minutes.  Add ½ to ⅔ of the fresh tomatoes. 

Add the stock in stages once the wine absorbs, a few ladles at a time. With each addition, stir the rice very vigorously to develop the starch. When the Arborio has cooked about 16 minutes, add butter, basil and grated cheese, stir 2 minutes, then remove from heat.  Adjust seasonings and serve in shallow bowls topped with the remaining tomatoes.