Red rissoto with added beetroot and carrot
This risotto recipe is creamy, comforting and straightforward to make. The pesto, sundried tomatoes, basil and mascarpone all add work together to create a lovely flavour.
The overall time to make the dish can be reduced by emitting the slow cooked red onions. Risotto dishes are so versatile and can be made with many different ingredient combinations.
To make the caramelised onions. In one frying pan, heat the oil and butter, add the finely sliced onions and gently fry over a low heat for around 15 minutes or until soft and transparent
Sprinkle over the sugar and turn up the heat. Fry for another 2-3 minutes, stirring now and then until the onions turn a caramel colour
Remove from the frying pan and set aside in a bowl
To make the risotto. In another large frying pan, heat the oil and butter over a medium heat.
Add the finely chopped onions and cook until soft but not coloured.
Lower the heat and add the rice to the frying pan, stir well to coat in the oil and onion flavours
Make up the vegetable stock with 1 litre of boiling water and stir into the frying pan a little at a time, keep stirring while letting the stock become absorbed before adding more
Keep adding the stock until the rice is cooked, but still has a little bite (al dente) this should take around 30 minutes
Stir in the pesto, mascarpone, sundried tomatoes, cheese and basil if using
Stir in a pinch of ground black pepper and serve the risotto topped with the caramelised onions
Cooked tomatoes are a rich source of the natural antioxidant lycopene, which may have beneficial effects at reducing risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer
Rice is a good source of slow release energy in the form of starchy carbohydrates. As they are broken down more slowly, they help to keep blood sugar levels stable
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