Creamy tomato risotto

Creamy tomato risotto

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
A budget rice dish flavoured with rosemary, basil and sweet cherry tomatoes. An ideal midweek supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal381
  • fat10g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 rosemary sprig, finely chopped



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 250g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 300g cherry tomato, halved
  • small pack basil, roughly torn



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 4 tbsp grated Parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Tip the chopped tomatoes and half the stock into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Pour into a saucepan with the remaining stock, bring to a gentle simmer and keep over a low heat.

  2. Meanwhile, place the butter and oil in the base of a large saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Add the onion and gently cook for 6-8 mins until softened. Stir in the garlic and rosemary, then cook for 1 min more. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 min.

  3. Start adding the hot stock and tomato mixture about a quarter at a time. Let the risotto cook, stirring often, adding more stock as it is absorbed. After you have added half the stock, add the cherry tomatoes. After 20-25 mins, the rice should be creamy and tender, the cherry tomatoes softened and all of the stock should be used up.

  4. Cover and leave for 1 min, then stir in the basil. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan and a good grinding of black pepper.

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Comments (14)

AmandaHK's picture

Lots of lick smacking and empty plates from my family with this meal. Thoroughly tasty. You do need patience to stir the risotto and add the stock a little at a time, but I enjoyed listening to my music and staying by the hob until it was done!

sarahcassin's picture

Very nice however instead of all cherry tomato's I used half fresh half sun dried. It was nice but think next time I will add some cream to it or cream cheese as teenagers weren't that keen on the over powering tomato taste prefer a creamy texture and milder flavour.

ACDaw's picture

I substitute the Parmesan for mozzarella. Gives it a lovely creaminess and my 3yo laps it up. Great recipe - very versatile.

lazywife's picture

Took me longer than 5 minutes to prepare, but that could be because it was the first time I was making it. It was DEE-LISH! I used dried mixed herbs as I didn't have any rosemary, and upped the rice to 300g, and cooked it in the oven (180 degrees for 18 minutes, as in the oven-baked risotto recipe). Had it with salad. It was truly lovely.

tessbath's picture

This is absolutely delicious! I cooked it for my husband the other day who said it was his favourite risotto that I'd ever made. I changed it slightly by adding in a splash of port before I started adding the stock. Made it that little bit richer and sweeter. Was even better the next day!

bethbann9999's picture

I love this recipe! It was so yummy!! I did change it though, I used couscous instead of the rice. So to make I cooked the chopped tomatoes for 5mins while cooking the onion for 5mins I then put them together and added the cherry tomatoes. While this was happening my couscous was cooking, this took 5 or less mins. I then mixed it all together and got a lovely dish! Only took around 15 minutes to make aswell! Such a lovely dish in so little time.

Baked Dragon's picture

I follow this recipe to the letter and it comes out fantastic. I find, on a low heat, it takes a full 25 minutes to cook. Also I find it needs to stand for a few minutes to cool and settle else it keeps the consistency of soup.

One warning I will give, this is best served fresh—it doesn't reheat well. If you do reheat it (after refrigerating it for example) add a couple tablespoons of water to keep it moist.

rebeccaearnshaw's picture

This is amazing! I used chicken stock, chilli flakes and mixed italian herbs with a dollop of creme fraiche to serve. Tasty, filling and good for the bank balance!

nomz22's picture

Mine too a lot longer to cook that this (this may be due to my absolute lack of being able to make risotto) but the flavour was lovely when it was done. Added some balsamic vinegar and some pepper with lots of red onions.

gabx679's picture

Really easy recipe and tastes delicious. Only thing I would say is that mine took about 5-10 minutes longer to cook than it says in the recipe. Other than that it was great.

plummy's picture

Delicious, will definitely be making this again. Packed with flavour, I used a Knor Stock Pot (vegetable) for my stock. Very easy to make. Think this would also go well with some baked or griddled fish or chicken. Got a big thumbs up from my husband, which is also a good sign.

miss_indigo's picture

Delicious and easy to make. Used dried oregano as I had no rosemary. Went down a treat with the family including toddler and baby!

wilgarsrecipes's picture

Really enjoyed this. Easy to make & will definitely make again.

lorens_pin's picture

Great recipe, full of flavour and very budget-friendly. We turned the left-overs into lovely Arancini the next day (deep-fried rice balls coated in egg & breadcrumbs).

Questions (3)

BeckaLynn's picture

The amount of calories stated in the nutrition and info section is that per portion or for the whole lot?

goodfoodteam's picture
Hi there, thanks for your question. Nutrition is per serving.
BeckaLynn's picture

For the calories, is that amount per portion or for the whole 4 portions?

Tips (1)

mrbetts's picture

Yum and really easy to make! I added red pepper and pancetta and was delicious, will be making this again!