Food & Drink

Cream of Tomato Risotto


Pair this with the a simple, juicy beef tenderloin and you have a satisfying meal that is sure to please everyone at the table.

When the creamy consistency of risotto is combined with fresh tomatoes, you get that old-fashioned cream-of-tomato-soup flavor without the cream.

Cream of Tomato Risotto

Makes 4 portions


  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 4 cups homemade or canned broth
  • ¾ cup canned plum tomatoes, slightly crushed, with their juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan or flameproof casserole. Add the onion and cook over low heat until soft, 3 minutes. Then add the rice and cook, stirring, another 3 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring the stock to a boil in another saucepan. Reduce the heat and keep it at a simmer.
  3. Slowly add 1 cup of the hot stock to the rice, stirring constantly. Continue to stir, allowing the rice to simmer. When the stock has been absorbed, add ½ cup and allow it to simmer, stirring well until it has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly, until almost all the stock has been added.
  4. Add the tomatoes and rosemary. Continue cooking and stirring, adding the remaining stock in ¼-cup amounts, until the rice is slightly creamy and just tender. Altogether the rice should cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. When all the stock has been absorbed, stir in the Parmesan and black pepper. Serve immediately.

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