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Risotto with Tomato and Basil

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Shirley Cline from San Fransisco. (You can contact Shirley by emailing her - click here).


3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 red onion, minced
1/2 yellow onion, minced
1/2 to 3/4 cup milled or crushed canned
Italian plum tomatoes
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice (do not rinse)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup dry white wine
3 to 4 cups hot chicken stock, or low-sodium canned broth
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup torn basil leaves

  • In a medium-size, heavy soup pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. When it foams, add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring, until the onion is transparent, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the rice, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until well coated, about 1 minute.
  • Add the wine, and simmer gently until the liquid is absorbed, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock, stir, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat, adding 1/2 cup stock at a time, until the rice is cooked through but still firm, 20 to 25 minutes total.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon butter, Parmesan cheese, and basil. Mix well, add salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

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