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Tomato and Yellow Zucchini Risotto

As July rolls in with its vibrant hues and bountiful harvests, there's no better time to savor the flavors of summer in a dish like Tomato and Yellow Zucchini Risotto. This delightful recipe celebrates the peak season produce, combining the sun-ripened sweetness of tomatoes with the tender texture and subtle flavor of yellow zucchini.

Whether you're sharing it with loved ones or savoring a moment of solitude, this risotto promises to be a delicious ode to summer's bounty. Each bite of this creamy risotto offers a comforting yet fresh culinary experience.

  • PREP: 15 MIN
  • COOK: 1 HOUR


  • 4 yellow or green zucchini
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for serving
  • 1 garlic clove, finely sliced
  • 5½ ounces (150g) baby plum tomatoes, halved
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 12 ounces (350g) Carnaroli risotto rice
  • 3½ ounces (100ml) dry white wine
  • 10½ ounces (300g) tomato passata (or substitute purée)
  • 6½ cups (52 ounces/1.5L) hot vegetable stock
  • 10 basil leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Slice the zucchini into ½-inch rounds, stack 3 rounds together, and cut into ½-inch matchsticks. Repeat until all zucchini is sliced. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the zucchini and garlic, season with salt, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini starts to caramelize, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Toss the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange tomatoes in a single layer. Bake until soft, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining olive oil, celery, and onion. Cook for about 3 minutes, then add the rice. Cook until rice absorbs the oil and turns translucent, about 3 minutes more. Add wine and cook until absorbed, then stir in the passata. Gradually add stock, one ladleful at a time, stirring and cooking until each addition is absorbed, about 12 to 15 minutes. The risotto should be very moist—almost soupy—with the rice retaining a slight bite.
  5. Stir in half of the cooked zucchini and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes. Add remaining zucchini, roasted tomatoes, and basil. Season to taste, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and turn off the heat. Let sit for 2 minutes, then uncover and stir well. Serve topped with freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

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