Creamy Tomato Risotto Recipe

This creamy tomato risotto features all the flavors of your favorite caprese salad. Fresh tomatoes, basil and melty mozzarella cheese combine with the creamy risotto. Finished off with a balsamic glaze drizzle. 

Friends, I just discovered my new favorite risotto…

Caprese Tomato Risotto

It’s got a hint of sweetness from the fresh cherry tomatoes and a herbal bite from the basil that’s running through it, and a hint of nutty, creaminess from the parmesan cheese.

But the best part of this dish, that’s totally irresistible are those little balls of mozzarella that melt just a bit when you stir them into the hot risotto. When you dig into your risotto, you get the most amazing “cheese pull” action going on.

It’s basically heaven.

Tomato risotto ingredients

  • Chicken stock or vegetable stock (or try my Instant Pot Bone Broth or this parmesan broth)
  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes 
  • Arborio rice
  • Dry white white
  • Cherry tomatoes 
  • Basil
  • Mozzarella pearls
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)

How to make tomato risotto

Making risotto is easy, but it can be a bit intimidating if you’ve never made it before. It’s definitely a dish that you need to keep an eye on. During the cooking process, the risotto is fed ladleful after ladleful of stock, letting it absorb between each addition. The process results in the grains of rice plumping up and the constant stirring creates the most fantastic, creamy texture.

But, while you’re babysitting the risotto, you can also do the rest of your prep work for this cherry tomato risotto.

Chop up those tomatoes, julienne the basil, and grate up some parmesan cheese.

It’s also the perfect time to open some wine. 

Tips for making risotto

  • I love to keep dry white vermouth on hand for cooking. Use it in any recipe that calls for white wine. It will keep indefinitely in your cupboard and that means you can save the wine for drinking.
  • The best way to determine if your risotto is done is by tasting it. During the last five minutes it will become very creamy. You want to ensure that the arborio rice is fully cooked, but not becoming mushy. I like my risotto to have just a little bite to it.

To finish off this creamy tomato risotto, I drizzled on some balsamic glaze. You can look for it at the store, pre-made, or you can make your own.

How do you make balsamic glaze?

  • To make the balsamic reduction, bring 1 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar to a boil and then let it reduce until it becomes thick and syrupy. This will take about 20 minutes.
Side view close up of tomato risotto on black plate garnished with fresh basil and balsamic glaze.

Wine pairings for tomato risotto

What to eat with tomato risotto

Looking for some side dishes to serve with this risotto. Here are some great options:

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Overhead close up of tomato risotto on black plate garnished with fresh basil and balsamic glaze.

Tomato Risotto Recipe

This creamy tomato risotto features all the flavors of your favorite caprese salad. Fresh tomatoes, basil and melty mozzarella cheese combine with the creamy risotto. Finished off with a balsamic glaze drizzle. 
5 from 20 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 7 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 15- ounce can petite diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • ¾ cup dry vermouth or dry white white
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 8 ounces mozzarella pearls
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Balsamic glaze (for drizzling (optional))
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Bring broth to a simmer over low heat and keep warm with a ladle nearby.
  • Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and a large pinch of salt. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add rice and garlic and cook 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and sugar.
  • Add the vermouth and stir until it evaporates. Begin adding the simmering stock, a ladleful at a time. Cook, stirring often, until it is absorbed. Add another ladleful or two of stock and repeat this process until the rice is tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cherry tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, if desired.
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Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 3.8mg

This post was originally published in 2019. It was updated in 2022 to add new information, photographs, and a video. The recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

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Be sure to check out my tips on how to clean a dutch oven after using it.

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38 thoughts on “Creamy Tomato Risotto Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe looks so good! It’s a warm dish but seems to have refreshing flavors so would sound great any time of year. Basically, I’m always in the mood for caprese anything. I totally have most these ingredients, so I plan to make it this week! Thanks!!!

  2. 5 stars
    What a BEAUTIFUL looking risotto! I love the vermouth tip. I’ve never tried risotto with it and going to keep that in mind next time. I love using sparkling wine when I can.

  3. Hi Erin. I am new to your site and your recipes look amazing. I am anxious to try the Caprese Risotto as we move into peak tomato season. One comment about cooking with Vermouth. Because it is a wine (and not a fortified wine) it will not keep forever in your pantry. I recommend you keep in the frig, where it will retain its complex flavors for about 2 months. I also recommend buying it in 375 ml bottles (half-bottles) to ensure that your supply is fresh. Dolin is the brand to look for in dry vermouth. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I love your photos and video. This looks so good, I can’t wait to get to the kitchen and start cooking. Thanks Erin.

  5. I adore risotto and caprese. I don’t know why I’ve never put them together. This looks fabulous. Literally drooling over it and adding it to my dinner list for the long weekend.

  6. Making this tonight. My grown kids and spouses will be here for dinner and requested pot roast. I’m not ready to give up summer, so this will be in place of the wintery potatoes. Maybe a spinach salad to go with.
    I’m hungry just looking at the pictures!

  7. I love this recipe! I’m usually seeking out anything caprese, so this meal was a great addition to my collection. The only thing I might change in the future is the mozzarella pearls. It was kind of weird getting chunks of half melted cheese, so next time I’ll probably cut them smaller.

  8. Delicious risotto and something different. I used veggie broth to keep it vegetarian. I didn’t need nearly as much broth as called for, but it’s better to have too much than too little when making risotto. I found the mozzarella got a little chewy, but it is certainly authentic to caprese. Substituting burrata or goat cheese might make for a creamer final dish and would be an interesting dish. Thanks for a great recipe!


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