|I like to make my risotto in a large frying pan. You will need to add the liquid to the rice little by little, waiting to add more until all the liquid has been absorbed and stirring frequently. It usually takes about 30 minutes to prepare, depending on your pan and stove. Stir in a little extra stock if you need to re-heat the risotto. If you have any left over wine, its nice to add. All the alcohol will evaporate in the cooking but it adds a nice flavour. If not you can simply increase the stock instead.|
900 ml (1 ½ pints) vegetable stock or chicken stock
Bring the stock to the boil and allow to simmer. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan and sauté the shallots and garlic for 1 minute.
Add the red pepper and cooked for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened. Add the rice and make sure that it is well coated. Stir for 1 minute.
Add 1 or 2 ladlefuls of hot stock and simmer, stirring, until it has been absorbed, then add another ladleful of stock.
Continue adding the stock a little at a time and simmer until the rice absorbs the liquid before adding more, stirring frequently. After 10 minutes, add the diced courgette and tomato.
After about 8 minutes add the white wine. When all the stock has been added and the rice is cooked (it will probably take about 20 minutes for the rice to cook through), stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and season to taste.
Makes 4-6 portions