Saturday, 3 January 2009


I wanted to make a tooth friendly dish for dinner (yes, the saga is ongoing) but then spoiled it by adding in nuts. Oh, well. It still tasted good, but I just had to be super careful eating it. It ended up being nice and creamy, and if I had thought I would have left the whole nuts out and just added them to H's portion when I served it. Next time.
Tomato and Pinenut Risotto
Serves 4

⅓ C Sun Dried Tomatoes
⅔ C Boiling Water
3 T untoasted Pinenuts
1 T Water
½ Onion – finely chopped
2 cloves Garlic – finely chopped
1 Shallot – finely chopped
1 stalk Celery – finely chopped
1 C Aborio (Risotto) Rice
2 ½ - 2 ¾ C Vegetable Stock
1 ½ C Tomato Sauce (homemade or store bought)
⅓ C toasted Pinenuts

In a small bowl combine the sun dried tomatoes and boiling water. Cover and stand for 15 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid, then finely chop the tomatoes. Add the soaking liquid to the vegetable stock. Hold both until required.

In a food processor, or spice grinder, grind the untoasted pinenuts to a fine meal. In a small bow mix with the tablespoon of water until a smooth paste is formed. Hold until required.

In a large pot sauté the onion, garlic, shallot and celery for 10 minutes until soft but not browned. Add the rice and chopped sundried tomatoes and sauté a few minutes more.

In ¼ C increments add the vegetable stock/soaking water and tomato sauce to the rice, waiting until the liquid is absorbed prior to adding the next ¼ C. Start with the vegetable stock/soaking water and proceed in a 2:1 ratio with the sauce. That is add two ¼ C measures of the stock/soaking water mix absorbing between each addition, then add one ¼ C of the sauce, then back to two additions of the stock mix. Continue until all liquid is absorbed.

With the last addition of stock add in the pinenut paste and stir this in to well combine.
Remove 2 T of the toasted pinenuts to use as garnish and add the remaining nuts to the risotto. Stir in, then turn off heat, cover and stand for 10 minutes.

Serve garnished with ½ T of pinenuts sprinkled on top of each bowl.
Perfect winter time eating when it's snowing outside, and yes, it is snowing again!

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