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baked caprese style risotto.


Bringing together two of my favourite Italian recipes - the iconic Caprese salad and the reliable risotto - this dish is a warming take on usually more summery flavours. You still get the bursts of tomato and fragrant basil coming through, whilst combining with a great quality mozzarella which oozes and turns golden as it bubbles in the oven. 

For this recipe, I'm working with the new Ciao Gusto range from Ocado, a place where fellow fans of Italian cuisine can find all the best, authentic ingredients. This wholesome dish features their Auricchio P.D.O. Buffalo Mozzarella Campana, which, like many Italian ingredients and good cheeses, is beautiful served simply on its own. 

Shopping list.
♥ One large white onion, diced
♥ 150g risotto rice
♥ 200ml vegetable stock
♥ A handful of fresh basil, chopped, with extra to garnish
♥ 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
♥ 100g good quality tomatoes
♥ Good quality Parmigiano Reggiano or similar hard cheese, to garnish (Use vegetarian alternative to make the recipe vegetarian)
♥ 125g P.D.O. Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, torn into slices

Step one. Begin by cooking the onion with a little oil or butter on a low heat. After ten minutes,add in the rice and lightly toast. After 1-2 minutes, add in a little stock.

Step two. Add in the garlic and basil and continue to cook the risotto, adding stock as it soaks up.

Step three. Meanwhile, turn your oven to 180 degrees C and bake the tomatoes for 12-15 minutes.

Step four. Continue to cook the risotto and season with black pepper to taste. Grate in some Parmesan if the risotto needs extra salt. The risotto is cooked when the rice has softened. 

Step five. When the tomatoes are ready, leave the oven on. Add the tomatoes to your risotto, along with the torn mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. 

Finish with fresh basil leaves and grated Parmesan to serve.

More about Ciao Gusto at Ocado

Picking up all your favourite authentic Italian food and drink has become even easier with the arrival of Ciao Gusto at Ocado.  

For the first time, a simple tab on the Ocado site brings together over 30 of Italy’s most popular brands, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for - and discover new and exciting ingredients - in just one click. By selecting the Ciao Gusto shop when ordering your groceries, you’ll be able to search recipes and add ingredients straight to your basket.  

Browse the delicious recipes according to ingredient, preparation time, course or occasion, and explore the joys of Italian cuisine through tips, advice and information about each product. Brands include familiar names such as Valsoia, Ponti, Barilla, Cirio, Lavazza, Santa Rosa and Riso Gallo as well as lots of exciting products new to the UK. The mozzarella featured is in fact on offer (buy 2 save 20% throughout November 2020).

Find out more about Ciao Gusto at ciaogusto.com

In collaboration with Ciao Gusto and Ocado


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