Risotto Stuffed Tomatoes

Makes 6

Ingredients

  • 6 large salad tomatoes
  • 25g risotto rice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced
  • 25g courgette, roughly chopped
  • 25g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 125ml vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp dried mixed Italian herbs
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tsp Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated
  • Salt and black pepper, for seasoning

Instructions

  1. Slice the tops off the tomatoes. Hollow out the centre of each tomato (being careful not to go all the way through to the bottom) and stand them upright in an ovenproof dish. Reserve the tomato pulp and seeds from the inside.
  2. Fry the rice in the oil on a low heat for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to stop it from browning. Add the spring onion, courgette and mushrooms and fry gently for 2 more minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Pour the stock into the rice and add the herbs and reserved tomato pulp and seeds. Cook gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the rice is tender and the stock has been absorbed.
  4. Remove from the heat, tear in the basil leaves and scatter with Parmesan. Season with salt and black pepper and stir well.
  5. Fill each of the hollowed out tomatoes with the risotto. Grate a little extra Parmesan over the top and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until tender.