Main dishes

Tomato and Basil Risotto

Risotto is a classic Italian dish that is loved by many. It's a creamy and delicious rice dish that can be served as a side or a main course. This tomato and basil risotto recipe is a simple and flavorful dish that is perfect for any occasion.

A Personal Story

I first tried risotto when I was studying abroad in Italy. I remember sitting at a small restaurant in Florence, enjoying the beautiful scenery and delicious food. The risotto was the highlight of the meal, and I knew I had to try making it myself. After many attempts, I finally perfected this recipe, and it has become a staple in my kitchen.


  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the broth over medium heat until hot. Reduce the heat to low and keep the broth warm.
  2. In another large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent.
  3. Add the Arborio rice to the saucepan and stir to coat with the butter and onion mixture.
  4. Add the white wine to the saucepan and stir until it has been absorbed by the rice.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes to the saucepan and stir until they are well combined.
  6. Begin adding the warm broth to the saucepan, one ladleful at a time, stirring constantly and allowing the rice to absorb the broth before adding more.
  7. Continue adding broth and stirring until the rice is cooked and the risotto is creamy and tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  8. Stir in the chopped basil and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serving Suggestions

This tomato and basil risotto is perfect as a side dish or a main course. Serve it alongside grilled chicken or fish for a complete meal. It's also a great dish for entertaining, as it can be made ahead of time and reheated. Enjoy with a glass of your favorite white wine for the perfect dining experience.

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