Herb risotto

This risotto recipe is for a herb risotto with sunblushed tomatoes.  If looking for a recipe for risotto, this will be ideal.

Ingredients – Serves 4

  • Approx 650ml-700ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 25g butter
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 125g risotto rice (e.g. Arborio)
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 large sprig thyme
  • ½ tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
  • Small bunch chives
  • 50g sunblushed tomatoes
  • 40g Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch saffron
  • Sea salt / pepper

Getting everything ready

  1. Make the vegetable stock.
  2. Wash the sprig of thyme and add to the stock.
  3. Peel and finely dice the shallot.
  4. Peel and finely chop the garlic clove.
  5. Flake 10g of Parmesan for the garnish.  Grate the remaining 30g.
  6. Wash, dry and chop the parsley.
  7. Wash and dry the chives and cut them into approx 1cm lengths, leaving a few for garnish.
  8. Roughly chop the tomatoes.

Method

  1. Pour the stock into a saucepan, bring to the boil, turn down and simmer gently.
  2. Gently heat a heavy-bottom saucepan and add the butter and olive oil.
  3. When the butter has melted, add the shallots and garlic.  Cook for a few moments without colouring.
  4. Add the rice and cook for a further few moments, stirring well to ensure that all the grains are coated in the oil.
  5. Turn up the heat and add the wine.
  6. Cook until all the wine has evaporated.  Turn down the heat again to a medium temperature.
  7. Slowly add the simmering stock.  Add a ladle-full at a time, adding the next ladle-full when the last one has almost been absorbed into the rice.  Do not rush this – take your time when adding the stock and keep stirring the risotto.
  8. About half way through making the herb risotto, add the pinch of saffron.
  9. The herb risotto is ready when it is creamy in texture and the rice has retained a little firmness to the bite.
  10. Season to taste.
  11. Just before serving the herb risotto, add the tomatoes, chives, parsley (leave a pinch for the garnish) and about ¼ of the grated Parmesan (put the remaining Parmesan into a dish with a spoon, and people can help themselves if they wish to add extra cheese).
  12. Spoon the herb risotto into small warm bowls and garnish with the flaked Parmesan, a few lengths of chives and parsley.

Herb risotto – hints and tips

If, as with this recipe, you are making a risotto for a starter, use small portions as it is very filling and you don’t want to fill people up before the rest of the meal.  Of course, risotto can be made into a main meal by increasing the amount of each ingredient.  The most important part of risotto making is the quality of the stock.

Add the stock slowly to the rice, stirring constantly – don’t rush it – it should take around 20-25 minutes from start to finish.

Go easy with the Parmesan cheese – you don’t want to end up with a cheesy rice pudding.  Add just enough to give a slight Parmesan flavour – you can serve a dish of Parmesan cheese as an accompaniment.

Watch this herb risotto being made

Other great tasting main course recipes

Chicken goujons

This chicken recipe is for chicken goujons. This chicken goujon recipe is served with baby corn and pomegranate seeds.

Stir fried duck

This stir fry recipe is for stir fried duck with broccoli and cashew nuts. This stir fried duck is served with noodles.

Chicken tikka masala

This chicken recipe is for chicken tikka masala. This chicken tikka marsala is great served with fluffy white basmati rice and warmed naan breads.

Bacon rolls

Bacon rolls are a great accompaniment to many dishes. This is a simple bacon recipe that only takes a few minutes to prepare and cook. Cooking bacon in mini rolls presents the bacon nicely on any dinner plate.

Chilli con carne

This chilli recipe is for chilli con carne, sometimes called chilli concarne. This chilli con carne recipe is nice served with fluffy plain white rice and an accompaniment of avocado salsa, extra soured cream and tortilla chips.

Braised brisket with dumplings

This beef recipe is for a brisket of beef with dumplings. This brisket recipe is also a great way of slowly cooking a shoulder of lamb. If looking for recipes for brisket, this beef brisket will be ideal.

Homemade beef burgers

This beef recipe is for homemade beefburgers, often referred to as hamburgers. This recipe for burgers is great served with onion rings and chipped potatoes.

Sage and onion stuffing

Sage and onion stuffing is a great accompaniment to any roast dinner meal, including your Christmas lunch. This uses a sage and onion mix for the stuffing.

Pumpkin and chicken vol au vents

Pumpkin vol au vents are a great recipe for cooking pumpkin. This pumpkin recipe uses chicken and vol au vents to make a great tasting snack or meal.

Belly pork

This pork recipe is for slow roasted belly pork and is served with apple sauce. This pork belly recipe gives great crackling for you to enjoy.