Risotto is one of those dishes you need a good arm for. You can oven bake a risotto and you can literally chuck everything in a pan and let it do its thing, but a proper risotto is best done by slowly adding stock and wine (recipe dependant) and constantly stirring to get a creamy dish at the end of it without the need to add cream or cheese, however adding cheese and cream is totally up to the individual to do, some Parmesan stirred through at the end can really change the dish as well.
Some recommended items from our kitchen to make this dish…
- Double sided dry and liquid measuring spoons for times when you need to measure both liquid and dry ingredients.
- A decent set of knives for chopping, with a knife sharpener which is always handy.
- A big time saver for chopping veg with a veg chopper, from onions to carrots this is a god send to chop quickly.
- I love our ladle, it has a mini strainer on one side.
- Garlic crusher, we have had this one for a good while, easy to clean and can crush multiple cloves at once saving time.
**NOTE: just a quick note about the seasoning we use in this dish, we have used a spice kit available from SpiceNTice which have all the spices you need all included in one kit so we don’t need to rummage through the spice cupboard for lots of different ones. Their spice kits and rubs are all Slimming Club friendly (Slimming World, Weight Watchers, Calorie counting etc). For 10% off your order you can use our code HICKMAN10 at the checkout.
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- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 1 red wine stock pot
- 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
- 150g cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 large red onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 250g arborio risotto rice
- 2 tablespoons tomato puree
- 300g cooked beetroot , roughly diced (make sure its un-pickled)
- 2 teaspoons SpiceNTice ras el hanout rub – (**See note above about this rub)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C fan.
- In a roasting tin add the cherry tomatoes, bell pepper and 1 teaspoon of the ras el hanout rub and roast for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile make up the stock using the vegetable stock cube and wine stock pot with 1 litre boiling water and bring the stock to a boil with the other teaspoon of ras el hanout rub and simmer on a low heat to keep hot.
- In a heavy bottomed pan fry the onion and garlic with a tablespoon of stock on a medium heat until starting to soften, add a little more stock if the onions are starting to catch.
- Reduce the heat and stir in the rice, tomato puree, beetroot and a ladle of stock. Bring to a simmer and keep stirring until the stock is absorbed, add another ladle of stock and keep stirring until absorbed again, repeat this process until you have used all the stock.
- At this point taste the rice to check it is cooked, add a little extra water if it needs a little longer.
- Once the rice is cooked stir through the roasted vegetables, taste again and check if any salt and pepper is needed.
- Serve alongside a salad and some freshly shaved Parmesan if you wish.