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Easy Risotto Recipe - Ham, Tomato and Basil

Updated on September 15, 2019
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Incredible Homemade Risotto - Easier Than You Think

It might seem that a great Italian Risotto is difficult to re-create, and certainly some chefs and recipes will have you thinking that way. But really, a good homemade Risotto is very easy to make and taste a lot better than any of the packet products you can buy.

All you need to magic up a good Risotto is the right ingredients and a little patience.

A good quality Risotto pan also makes all the difference, particularly when it comes to the Risotto not sticking.

The rewards of making a great tasting, home cooked Risotto are well worth getting back to the art of actually cooking, rather than resorting to a packet in a microwave, and your family and friends will soon be requesting you make this delicous dish more often.


  • 1 Medium Red Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 250 grams Ham, chopped
  • 1 Cup Arborio Rice
  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup White Wine
  • 1 Punnet Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Handful of Basil
  • 1/4 Cup Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Finely dice the onion and put into a pan with the butter and oil.

Begin sautéing the onions.

Add the garlic and gently fry with the onions until they are clear and soft.

Add the chopped ham and cook until slightly browned.

Add Arborio Rice and cook the rice for 2-3 minutes until the Rice has started to crackle. This break the surface of the Rice, to allow the liquid to be more easily absorbed.

Slowly add the liquids, half a cup at a time, allowing all of the liquid to be absorbed before adding the next half a cup.

Stir with each addition, and regularly in between, to prevent the Risotto from sticking.

Once all of the liquid has been added and absorbed cook for a further 15 minutes until the Rice is cooked through. Stir continuously to prevent sticking.

Add the sliced Tomatoes and allow them to cook for 3-5 minutes.

Tear up the Basil and add, stirring in gently.

Finally add the Cream and Parmesan and gently heat for another 3-5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with crusty bread or a side salad.


This recipe can be used with other variations of ingredients.

Some popular combinations are Pumpkin and Sun-dried Tomato, Asparagus and Blue Cheese, Chicken and Leek.

Really, your imagination and personal taste are the limits.

Use the base recipe and just add combinations of ingredients that you like together and perhaps choose a different cheese type to compliment it.

The Pan Makes All The Difference!


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