Many risotto recipes require 25-30 minutes of constant stirring. This recipe which is full of tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh basil uses a more hands-off approach and still yields wonderfully creamy results!
I know this will seem weird since I’m not a fan of most rice dishes but I loooove a good risotto, specifically tomato-based risotto dishes. There’s a local pizza place that has okay-at-best pizza (my opinion only… a lot of people rave about it but they can be wrong. It’s okay) but they have a chicken tomato risotto on their menu that makes me drool just thinking about it.
So when Red Gold reached out to me about their spring campaign and offered to send me (and one of my readers! More info at the end of this post) some free maters, I knew exactly what I wanted to make this time. And, as it happened, they has a mock risotto recipe in their pamphlet that used shredded turnips in place of the arborio rice. While that was intriguing, I had my own ideas.
Oh, just look at that pan of creamy tomato goodness! And one of the best things about this risotto… no, make that 2 of the best things about this is 1) I followed this technique so I wouldn’t have to stand at the stove stirring for 30 minutes and 2) I did not use all the cream and cheese that many recipes utilize so it is actually a healthier take on risotto. Yay for winning!
And another win! I got the 16oz bag of arborio rice on sale that week AND I had a coupon for money off the mushrooms. 🙂 Free tomatoes and sales? That certainly made for a happy Sashi!
And speaking of happy, I could NOT stop making yummy sounds while eating this! I used Tuttorosso’s crushed tomatoes with basil which, honestly I would not ordinarily buy since I prefer to add my own flavors but these were really good! I will certainly buy these the next time I am doing a tomato dish with basil, like when I make this again.
And I will. Oh, yes… I will. 🙂
- 4 Tbsp (1/4 c) olive oil
- 1 lb sliced white mushrooms
- 1 heaping Tbsp jarred, minced garlic
- 16 oz bag (2½ cups) arborio rice
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ⅛ - ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 4 c low-sodium chicken broth
- 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 c freshly grated Parmesan
- 10 fresh basil leaves, rolled and thinly sliced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and rice and cook, stirring, 3 minutes.
- Stir in the tomatoes, oregano and red pepper flakes then 3 cups of the broth. Increase the heat to high and heat until it begins to simmer, about 5 minutes.
- Stir the rice, cover the pan with the lid and reduce the heat to the lowest setting possible.
- Cook, covered, for 20 minutes, stirring only once halfway through.
- Remove the lid and add the chopped tomatoes and remaining 1 cup of broth. Increase the heat to high cook, stirring constantly until the rice is thick and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and Parmesan until the butter is melted. Stir in the fresh basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately.
The giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified. Thanks to those who entered!
Wanna try the tomatoes? Well, you are in luck because you have the chance to… Here are 4 ways that you can enter: Required: Leave a comment below answering this question:
What is your favorite real food dinner idea for busy weeknights? Be sure that you enter your email address in the comment form (only I can see it and I promise you will not be spammed) so I can contact you if you win. Optional: Follow me on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know your Twitter name Follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment letting me know This giveaway is open 11:59pm EDT Friday, April 3, 2015. The winner will notified by email and have until 11:59pm EDT Monday, April 6 to respond with their mailing address and Red Gold will ship the prize.
Red Gold/Tuttorosso sent me the tomatoes for free and are sponsoring the giveaway. All opinions in this post were 100% mine.