Risotto is one of those dishes that bring you so much comfort when eating and feels fancy at the same time. It's great for a family meal, a date night or when you're just looking to spice up your traditional pasta night.
This tomato risotto does not disappoint! It's creamy, fresh, cheesy and has so much tomato flavor throughout.
Risotto, much to everyone’s surprise, is not a type of rice or a rice dish at all. Risotto is actually the term used to describe the cooking technique or procedure, not unlike how pilaf is used to describe a rice dish. Did we just shock you with that?
Risotto is an Italian term that refers to a dish that is cooked with a liquid and stirred constantly until it is tender and has a creamy consistency.
If you're familiar with risotto, you'll know that traditionally arborio rice is used. This is because the short-grain rice is perfect for the dish. It has high amounts of starch which are necessary to achieve the creamy consistency risotto is famous for. While you could also use other short-grain rice such as carnaroli we use arborio given its popularity and how easy it is to find it at the store.
What makes this tomato risotto so, well, tomato-y is the fact that we use both roasted tomato paste and cooked stewed tomatoes in the risotto when cooking and then, we top it off with fresh, local tomatoes. If you're a tomato fan, this recipe is definitely for you! In addition to the ingredients above and a few others, we love to garnish the tomato risotto with:
That might seem like a lot of garnishes but trust us! They bring so much complexity to the dish.
We hope you enjoy this tomato risotto! It makes for a great date night dish.
Cheers and eat well!
A creamy and cheesy tomato risotto that has different dimensions of tomato flavor throughout. It feels like summer in a dish, but one that can be enjoyed any time of the year!
To make the risotto
To garnish the tomato risotto (all optional)
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