Carrot risotto with cherry tomatoes
I love risottos and while there are countless variations, I tend to stick to the same three flavours. At home, I’ll either make tomato or mushroom risotto, and eating out it would be unusual for me to skip a golden Risotto Milanese if I find it on the menu. Recently I tried to find a different take on risotto and got inspired by seeing some recipes with carrot as the main ingredient, but couldn’t find the perfect one so decided to try and make my own recipe for carrot and tomato risotto. I pictured something very smooth, beautifully orange and sweet in taste, and I was pleasantly surprised this recipe was a success at first attempt.Print
This recipe for a smooth carrot and tomato risotto is beautifully golden, rich in flavour and easy to make!
- 6 medium carrots (approximately 400g)
- 250g cherry tomatoes
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves
- 350g risotto rice
- 1.5 litres vegetable stock
- 65g unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 40g parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Peel carrots and add, together with a good pinch of salt and pepper, to a food processor. Chop carrots until very fine, almost paste-like. It is okay if you are still able to see small pieces. Meanwhile, bring vegetable stock to the boil.
- In a large pan, melt 35 grams of butter and fry chopped onion until soft and golden, approximately 6 minutes. Add garlic and fry for a minute or so.
- Now add cherry tomatoes and ground nutmeg and cook until most of the tomatoes have started to burst, approximately 4 minutes. Add carrots and dried oregano and cook for 2 minutes and stir in the rice. Cook until the rice starts to get translucent, about 3 minutes.
- Now add a ladle of vegetable stock at a time, stirring frequently until fully absorbed before adding the next ladle. Continue doing so until the rice is cooked through and the stock has absorbed, this should take approximately 25 minutes but will depend on what type of risotto rice you use and if you’re like me, and you like your risotto on the firm side, start tasting from 20 minutes. You’ll likely have some stock left over.
- Add remaining butter, a bit of left-over stock and all grated parmesan and stir vigorously until fully melted and creamy. Serve with some black pepper.
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Frying
- Cuisine: Italian
- Calories: 560
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