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Tomato and Mozzarella Risotto

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 27 mins
Total time 27 mins
Yield Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 ounces chopped fresh mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups torn fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Nutrition Information

  • calories 362
  • fat 11.5 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • monofat 4.1 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 8.8 g
  • carbohydrate 57.5 g
  • fiber 4.4 g
  • cholesterol 19 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 599 mg
  • calcium 113 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring vegetable broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Add rice to pan; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 cup broth to rice mixture; cook for 5 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Reserve 1/3 cup broth. Add remaining broth, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 22 minutes total). Stir in tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add cheese, pepper, and salt to rice mixture, stirring constantly until cheese melts. Remove from heat; stir in reserved 1/3 cup broth, spinach, and basil. Place 1 cup risotto in each of 4 shallow bowls. Drizzle 1 teaspoon oil over each serving.

Cook's Notes

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