Tomato & anchovy risotto with crispy crumbs

Tomato & anchovy risotto with crispy crumbs

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus standing

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Serves 2

Use up budget storecupboard groceries in this simple Italian rice pot with basil and breadcrumb topping

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  • 6 anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained, oil reserved
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 140g risotto rice
  • 700ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • 100g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • small handful basil leaves (optional)
  • shaved parmesan, to serve

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  1. Heat half the oil from the anchovies in a saucepan. Add the anchovy fillets and onion and cook for 5 mins to soften. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Tip in the rice, stir to coat in the oil, then cook for 2 mins until the grains turn translucent.
  2. Add the stock, a ladle at a time, making sure the liquid is absorbed before you add the next and stirring continuously while cooking. Once you’ve added half the stock, tip in the tomatoes.
  3. Continue cooking and adding the stock until the rice is cooked but still has a little bite – the risotto should be oozy but not soupy. Season to taste, turn off the heat, put a lid on and leave for 5 mins.
  4. Heat the remaining anchovy oil in a frying pan, add the breadcrumbs and toss until evenly golden. Serve the risotto in bowls with the crispy crumbs, basil leaves (if you like), and shaved Parmesan scattered on top.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2013

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janjan87's picture
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Just made this for tonight's dinner. Was very nice! I felt 140g between two people wasn't going to be enough so I doubled that (maybe we're just greedy?!) Doubled the amount of garlic and used the whole tin of anchovies (which worked out as 12 fillets). Kept everything else the same amounts as stated and worked fine. I added in some chicken which I cooked first and added in towards the end to warm it through. 1000ml of stock for 280g of rice was spot on. First time making fresh breadcrumbs but so easy to make and I thankfully learnt that you can make them from fresh bread as well as stale, just put the slices in the oven gas mark 2 on a tray until slightly crispy, break up into pieces, bung them in the food processor and hey presto perfect breadcrumbs! And they can be frozen in freezer bags too. Chopped up the basil and stirred it through at the end instead and used the Parmesan shavings, very yum!

frowne's picture
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This recipe was tasty and easy to make. I used fresh cherry tomatoes instead of the tinned.



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