This is a really easy risotto recipe. It uses basic ingredients, and if you have a pot that can be used on the stove as well as in the oven, then it becomes a one-pot meal. Because it is finished in the oven, you’ve got creamy risotto in no time – without all the endless stirring.
I modified this from a recipe in Chatelaine magazine. I veganized it by simply omitting the goat cheese and topping it with pine nuts or nutritional yeast instead. I’ve also further simplified the recipe by substituting pasta sauce for stewed tomatoes and seasonings. Essentially, you can decide how to make it based on what you have on hand. I’ve made this many times either way, and it’s always wonderful.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup arborio rice
- 19-oz (540 mL) good-quality pasta sauce (OR 19-oz/540mL stewed tomatoes + 1 tbsp italian seasoning + 1 tsp sugar + 1tsp salt)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 150g baby spinach, about 8 cups
- Pine nuts, toasted (optional)
- Nutritional yeast (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
- In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and cook onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in rice until coated, then pasta sauce (or tomatoes), and cook another 5 minutes.
- Add broth (and seasonings, if using plain tomatoes), and bring to a boil, stirring often.
- Transfer to oven-safe dish if necessary, and cover tightly. Bake in centre of oven until all liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and stir in spinach.
- Optional: garnish with pine nuts and/or nutritional yeast.