Lemon Risotto with Cherry Tomatoes & Fresh Summer Herbs

This bright risotto showcases bright herbs and juicy cherry tomatoes—just remember to keep stirring!

1½ cups Arborio rice
4 cups warm chicken stock
8 tablespoons butter
½ cup white wine (if desired)
½ shallot, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons chopped garlic (if desired)
1¼ cups grated Grana cheese
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 pint cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
3 tablespoons combined fresh herbs, such as parsley, mint and oregano, all chopped

1. In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil and then turn down to a simmer to keep hot. In another large saucepan over medium low heat, melt 4-5 tablespoons of butter and cook the garlic until soft but not brown.

2. Add the shallot and continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Turn the heat up and add the Arborio rice. Stir for about one minute.

3. Add a ladleful of stock to the rice and continue stirring until almost absorbed. Add another ladleful of stock and the wine and continue stirring; repeat until all the stock is gone and the rice is creamy and tender.

4. Stir in the remaining butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with the cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs and a healthy grating of Grana cheese and serve immediately.

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