Mozzarella and Tomato Risotto with Basil Recipe

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  • Vegetarian

serves:

4

Skill:

easy

Total Time:

00:40

Prep:

00:10

Cooking:

00:30

What could be more satisfying than a creamy risotto recipe on a week night after a long day at work? This one is a great vegetarian recipe to try if you’re looking to cut down on your meat consumption too as it’s completely veggie friendly.

Sun blush tomatoes and mozzarella are the key elements of this dish and the two flavours combine really well. Onion and dry white wine also offer a depth of flavour to this easy dish.

What’s more, this dish feeds up to four people and it’s ready in half an hour – so if you’re after something you can throw together quickly after work it’s a really great on to try this week. Plus, it’s all done in the one pan too, so that saves time on washing up.

HOW TO MAKE MOZZARELLA AND TOMATO RISOTTO

Ingredients

  • 1.5 litres (2¾pt) hot vegetable stock
  • 50g (2oz) unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 400g (14oz) risotto rice
  • 150ml (¼pt) dry white wine
  • 250g (9oz) mozzarella, torn
  • 4 tbsp basil, finely sliced plus leaves to serve
  • 150g (5oz) sun blush tomatoes

Method

  • In a large pan melt the butter and gently sauté the onion for 10 minutes until soft. Add the rice to the pan and stir  well until coated in the butter.

  • Pour over the wine and increase the heat until reduced. Slowly add the stock a ladleful at a time until almost all the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Continue until all the stock has been added and the rice is tender. Approx 15-20 minutes.

  • Season well with salt & pepper and stir through the mozzarella, chopped basil and sun blush tomatoes. Scatter with the basil leaves to serve.

Top Tip

Follow the recipe until you have added ¾ of the stock then remove from the heat and leave to cool. When you are ready to eat return the pan to the heat and begin slowly adding the stock again.

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