Saturday, January 17, 2009

Garlic Risotto with Yellow Zucchini Squash and Tomatoes

Needed a lite and flavorful carbohydrate for last night's dinner and came up with this: I made a basic garlic risotto and added Yellow Zucchini Squash and Tomatoes.
It is incredibly easy and fast.
Arborio Rice - 1 cup
Water or Chicken Stock - 2 - 3 cups
Yellow Zucchini Squash - 1 cup chopped
Cherry tomatoes - 1/2 cup sliced
Garlic - 2 cloves chopped
Butter - 2 tbs
Olive Oil - 1 tbs
Salt and Pepper - to taste

Melt butter and olive oil in a large pan on medium heat, add garlic and saute for a minute. Add chopped Zucchini and saute for 1 minuet. 
Add rice dry and mix and saute for several minutes.
Add first cup of water or stock and mix well and reduce heat to a low simmer. Stir frequently for several minutes until the water is absorbed then add the next cup. 
Stir frequently again and add the rest of the water if needed. 
When rice becomes soft add the chopped tomatoes to the top, sale and pepper to taste, stir once then remove to a bowl and let sit for several minutes before serving.
Add some grated parmesan or romano cheese just before serving.

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