Meatless Monday just got a whole lot better with Miami, CeCe Goje, and You! You’re just one Miami Tomato can away from a meal packed with flavour, fragrance and delicious goodness. Here’s how to shake up the humble Risotto and impart a punch of taste that will have the whole family asking for more.

What’s a risotto, anyway?

We tend to think of risotto as a ‘rice’ dish, but it actually uses the unique starch profile of the Arborio, Carnaroli, or Vialone Nano Italian rice’s to create a smooth, creamy, yet not mushy, meal that’s delicious to taste and distinctly different from any other rice dish you may have tried before. Sauteed onions, wine or quality stock, aromatics, and even veggies and mushrooms, combine with the starchy rice for a fragrant yet filling dish linked to the romance of the Italian countryside. Unlike paella, which remains firm while cooked, risotto has a smooth, creamy and unified, if complex, flavour profile. You’ll find tons of recipes, unique to each Italian kitchen, but united in one thing: authentic, delicious Italian cooking at it’s best.

It’s often seen as a difficult dish to get right. In fact, many cooking shows showcase it just to test the skills of their contestants! Luckily for us, CeCe has cracked the secret to a hassle-free risotto that still imparts every inch of that warm Italian flavour you’re craving, without the need to struggle for hours over a fussy dish.

CeCe’s delicious Miami tomato risotto

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Now you know a little more about this delicious dish, it’s time to get cooking. Not only is this risotto packed with flavour, it’s also a budget-friendly, meat-free dish you can serve anywhere, no matter who’s coming over. And it’s quick to throw together, too! By using our Indian spice-infused tomato can, CaCe guarantees a flavour profile or rich, blended spices that give extra depth and zest to the rice without needing extra cooking or added fuss.

  • ¼ cup liquid veggie stock
  • 1 can MIAMI Indian-style diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup Risoni rice
  • A little butter and fresh cream
  • ¼-½ cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar (optional)
  • Spices to taste

It’s time to get cooking! Drop a little butter into your pot with the Risoni rice. Slowly stir in the tomatoes, and let the rice cook to fluffy perfection in the liquid. This slow pour cooking method adds extra depth of flavour to the dish. Add your fresh cream and cheese, as much as you’d like, and stir through the dish. Season to taste and drop a little basil on the top for an elegant finishing touch if you’d like.

With this winter warmer under your belt, you’ll have a tasty tomato dish you can whip out at a moment’s notice, confident it will work perfectly every time. Give this Miami-inspired risotto a try today- you’ll soon have it on regular rotation in your kitchen, and friends will be asking what your secret is. Shh…we won’t tell if you don’t!

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