This Saffron Sun-Dried Tomato Zucchini Risotto is so creamy and delicious, this will be your new favorite meal!
Risotto is one of the most common dishes in Italy.
There are so many different variations you can make with it… Spoiler Alert – more Risotto recipes are coming soon! 🙂
Some people might think it’s difficult to make, but really it’s pretty easy.
This Saffron Sun-Dried Tomato Zucchini Risotto can be made in about 20 – 30 minutes and is totally Orgasmik! Seriously, every bite will leave you wanting more!
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Saffron Sun-Dried Tomato Zucchini Risotto
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 2
- Cuisine: Italian
- 2 Tbs EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped Onion
- 1 cup Arborio or Carnaroli Rice
- 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
- 2 cups heated Vegetable Stock
- 1 large Zucchini
- 1 tsp Saffron Pistils
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1/3 cup Oven Roasted/Sun-Dried Tomatoes chopped
- 2 Tbs chopped Italian Parsley
- 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 2 Tbs Butter
- Preheat EVOO in a medium saucepan over medium heat
- When oil gets hot, add Onion and saute until golden color (approximately 3-4 minutes)
- Add Rice and stir for 1-2 minutes until toasted
- Add White Wine and cook until Wine is reduced or evaporated
- Add in 1/2 cup Vegetable Stock and stir (it’s important to keep stirring – see notes below)
- When Vegetable Stock starts to get evaporated (after about 5 minutes), add another 1/2 cup of Vegetable Stock
- Add in Zucchini, Saffron, Salt, Pepper, and stir
- Add 1/2 cup Vegetable Stock approximately every 5 minutes, stirring constantly (total cook time for the risotto is about 20-30 minutes)
- During the last 5 minutes of cooking the Risotto, add in Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Parsley, and Paprika
- Taste and add more Salt/Pepper if needed
- Taste the rice and when you are 1 minute before reaching the right bite “al dente” (meaning rice should be tender but still firm to the bite), add Butter and Parmesan Cheese.
- Turn off heat and stir quickly until creamy in texture.
- Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan on top
- Serve immediately.
- Add a few Sun-Dried Tomatoes and paprika for garnish if desired
Make sure your Vegetable Stock stays hot. It’s important to add a little bit of the hot Vegetable Stock at a time so the rice is cooked slowly and the stock gets absorbed. This method releases the rice’s starches, producing a velvety, creamy dish.
It’s very important to keep stirring the Risotto as it’s cooking, especially as the stock gets absorbed, to prevent scorching.
If you run out of Vegetable Stock and you find this is too dry at the end, you can add in a little hot water as a substitute.
Using Oven Roasted/Sun-Dried Tomatoes will give it more flavor vs. regular Sun-Dried Tomatoes.