Oven baking risotto is by far the easiest way to get a delicious al-dente risotto rice without the stirring. It only takes 30 minutes from start to finish and is a great mid-week feast for all the family to enjoy. Tomato, basil and goats cheese are a match made in heaven, a perfect combination of flavours to try out this Autumn. There are lots of delightful tomatoes available - try the imperfect picks to make this dish really cost effective as well as nutritionally beneficial.
Onions are a great source of sulphur as well as similar properties to garlic, it is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, it can help increase our immune function. They are also good for your blood and circulatory system. A nurturing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory on the body, their antioxidant (quercetin) helps mop up the oxidation of fatty acids. Did you know that by increasing quercetin foods in our diet can help relieve yourself of allergies! Did you also know that onions are a great source of pre-biotics? Think of this as the food that feeds our good bacteria in the small intestine. With a healthy micro-biome you are more likely to feel and have better vitality.
Tomatoes have a high level of lycopene which is a carotenoid, this is a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes and is responsible for their red colour. Lycopene is a wonder chemical which when absorbed into the body, it helps to prevent and repair damaged cells by inactivating free radicals in the body. The jelly-like substance around the seeds in tomatoes contains salicylates, which have an anti-clotting effect on the blood. It has thus been credited for reducing wrinkles. This could be due to the high levels of vitamin C a tomato contains.
Garlic is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, it can help increase our immune function. It also contains selenium which is a trace mineral, this is great for healthy liver function (can act as detoxifier).
Basil is a great alkalinising and detoxifying herb, rich in vitamin C to aid with immunity but also a great anti-inflammatory as well as nourisher of your digestion and help eliminated oxidising free radicals. It is also taken as a restorative, stimulant and nerve tonic and is used also as a carminative and disinfectant.
Serves 2 people.
- 60g Butter
- 1 Onion, diced
- 3 Garlic cloves, minced
- 4 Sprigs Basil, finely chop the stalks and keep leaves for serving
- 1 Cup Arborio Rice
- 1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
- 2 Cups boiling water
- 1 Stock Cube
- 60g Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
- 6 imperfect tomatoes, quartered
- ½ Lemon, squeezed
- Sea Salt and Pepper
- 60g Soft Goats Cheese, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 200°C. In a large frying, medium heat, pan melt 2/3 of the butter, add onion and fry for 4 minutes or until fragrant.
- Add garlic and basil stalks and fry for 2 minutes.
- Add rice and coat in the buttery onion mix for 1 minute. Then add the white wine vinegar and coat the rice.
- Add boiling water and crumble stock cube in. Stir well.
- Tip risotto mix into an oven proof dish. Add tomatoes. Cover with foil or lid if it has one. Place in oven for 20 minutes until rice is al-dente.
- Once cooked stir through parmesan, remaining butter and lemon, season with salt and pepper if needed. Add basil leaves and stir in, followed by crumbled goats cheese. Serve with big green salad or steamed beans.
Recipe by Rosie Eyre of By Rosie.