Zucchini & Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto
45 minutestotal time
2 cloves of garlic
4 oz Heirloom grape tomatoes
1.5 oz sun-dried tomatoes (jarred in oil, 1.5 oz or to taste)
1 tbsp tuscan heat spice (paprika, cayenne, etc)
3/4 cup arborio rice
4 oz cream sauce base
3 tbsp parmesan
2 tsp oil
1 tbsp butter
2 units stock concentrate (better than bouillon, 2 cubes worth)
Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a medium pot, bring 8 cups water (5 cups for 2 servings) to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer. (You’ll use the hot water in Step 4.)
Wash and dry produce: Trim and quarter zucchini lengthwise; cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick pieces. Halve grape tomatoes lengthwise. Halve, peel, and finely dice shallot. Peel and mince or grate garlic. Finely chop sun-dried tomatoes.
Toss zucchini and grape tomatoes on a baking sheet with a drizzle of oil, 1/2 tsp Tuscan Heat Spice (anything with spice; paprika, cayenne), salt, and pepper. Roast on middle rack, tossing halfway through, until lightly browned and tender, 14-16 minutes.
While veggies roast, heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until lightly browned and slightly softened, 3-4 minutes.
Add rice, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes; cook, stirring often, until rice is translucent and garlic is fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Season with onion powder, salt and pepper.
Add 1 cup hot water and stock concentrates to pan with rice mixture. Cook, stirring, until liquid has mostly absorbed. Repeat with remaining water—adding ½ cup at a time and stirring until liquid has absorbed— until rice is al dente and mixture is creamy, 25-30 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium low. Stir in cream sauce (heavy cream or sour cream) and ½ tsp Tuscan Heat Spice (1 tsp for 4 servings). Cook, stirring occasionally, until risotto has thickened and cream sauce has absorbed, 2-4 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper.
Once risotto is done, remove from heat; stir in half the Parmesan and 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings) until melted and combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Stir in half the zucchini and grape tomatoes. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired.
Divide risotto between plates. Top with remaining zucchini and grape tomatoes. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and serve.
45 minutestotal time