Risotto is comfort food at its best. And while it is usually meat-free, the butter and Parmesan cheese keep it from being vegan. Try our recipe below for a delicious version that is so full of flavour, you will not even miss the dairy darlings.
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Vegan Tomato and Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Risotto
For the roasted vegetables
1 tablespoon olive oil
300 g cherry tomatoes
2 red peppers
1 large courgette, zucchini
generous pinch of salt and pepper
For the risotto
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large red onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
225 g risotto rice
125 ml Leopard’s Leap Natura Classic White
125 ml passata
250 ml vegetable stock
6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped into small chunks
small bunch of fresh basil, torn
salt and pepper, to taste
optional vegan Parmesan
To roast the vegetables
Preheat the oven to 180 ºC and spoon the olive oil into a roasting pan.
Chop the vegetables into small chunks and spread out in the roasting pan, adding the salt and pepper before giving everything a shake to coat.
Roast for 30 minutes.
To make the risotto
Meanwhile, add olive oil to a casserole pot, on a low-medium heat.
Fry the onion for a few minutes before adding the minced garlic, and cook for another minute.
Stir in the rice with the wine, to coat it in the oil.
Pour in the passata and vegetable stock, ½ cup at a time, alternating between the two. Allow each amount to be absorbed by the rice before adding the next.
After 20 minutes, add in the sun-dried tomatoes and the roasted vegetables. Give everything a stir, adding more liquid if needed, and cook for a further 5 minutes until everything is cooked through and the rice is done.
Remove from the heat and stir in the basil, salt and pepper and vegan cheese. Feel free to stir in any extra oil or dairy-free butter at this point, for an extra creamy risotto.
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