Tomato Mascarpone Risotto

Tomato Mascarpone Risotto from What's Gaby Cooking Happy Tuesday everyone! It feels so good to be home after so much travel the last few weeks. One of my favorite things about coming home is opening all my mail. Is that totally lame of me? I just kinda love to see what came while I was away. I’m also an obsessive organizer and the fact that my mail is sitting in the mail box for a week straight seriously gives me the heebie jeebies. Those things need to be filed and dealt with immediately. That’s my obsessive type A personality in full force.

This past trip was 8 days long, so when I got home there was tons of mail to be opened. Lots of boring bill stuff and then there was this…

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The first cookbook from my friend Lori, over at Recipe Girl!! It’s a beauty and I’m so proud of her.

Tomato Mascarpone Risotto from What's Gaby Cooking

This cookbook is seriously packed with gorgeous photography, amazing food styling and a whole bunch of new recipes (195 total) that are going to keep you busy in the kitchen. Lori’s a busy mom with an amazing website so her recipes are super family friendly and nothing is crazy complicated, which is exactly how I like to cook!

When first flipping through The Recipe Girl Cookbook, this Tomato Mascarpone Risotto was calling my name. I’m a bit of a risotto spazz if you will. I’ll eat it at every opportunity I get. It’s too good to pass up so I was pumped to try Lori’s recipe, especially when it had Mascarpone in it. I was sold. The final product…. delish. I literally wanted to lick my plate clean, and would have totally done so if Thomas hadn’t been in the same room as me. I mean I’ve got to stay a little classy even though we’re married now right?

It even has some shredded zucchini in it, so I felt like I was getting some veggies along with my creamy risotto.

And let’s do a little giveaway! What do you think!?

One lucky reader will get a copy of Lori’s Recipe Girl cookbook! You’ve got 1 week to enter.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what you’re most looking forward to about Summer!

I’m counting down the days until I can have a pool day and that’s what I’m most excited about. Also… watermelon. I am craving some serious watermelon salads with mint and feta and some herbs. So weigh in below and let me know and you could win one of Lori’s new books just in time for all that summer entertaining!

And here’s the link to hop on over to Amazon and order The Recipe Girl Cookbook You guys will totally love it!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED – CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER SADIE!! Please email me within 48 hours to get your book :)

Tomato Mascarpone Risotto

Tomato Mascarpone Risotto


  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion (about ½ large)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese (see Tips)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the broth and tomato sauce and heat over low heat until just
  2. warmed, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the zucchini and garlic and continue to cook, stirring, until those are softened too, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is glossy in appearance, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the wine, stir and let the liquid evaporate.
  5. Stir in the salt. Add the warmed tomato broth ½ cup at a time, stirring occasionally. When the broth has just about been completely absorbed by the rice, add another ½ cup. Continue to cook and stir and add broth in ½ cup increments until all of the broth has been absorbed and the risotto is tender, but still firm to the bite, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the cheese, basil and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.


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  1. First of all, I love your blog and recipes! Made the slutty brownies and they were a huge hit!

    Loving the beautiful Spring weather here in VA and looking forward to summer: beach, cookouts with friends, all the outdoor festivals and Friday Cheers concerts along the riverfront.

  2. I’m looking forward to the sun and warmth!! Love the green trees, blue sky and the smell of flowers and hearing the birds happily chirping along.

  3. Welcome back! :)

    I’m most looking forward to my husband grilling. It’s been a long winter of only me doing the meal planning. When he grills, it helps a lot!

  4. All I want is to spend a 70-something summer’s day at an outdoor table, sipping a cocktail with friends.

  5. I am so looking forward to getting in my garden and growing a variety of veggies! Can’t beat the summer vegetables! Also get the bonus of looking forward to a nice long visit in June with my parents in Hawaii, beautiful sunny weather and beach time!

  6. I am moving from Scottsdale, AZ to Newport Beach, CA at the end of the month. So I am looking forward to “cooler” summers!

  7. I’m most excited about sitting on my patio with a glass of wine and watching my son play in the yard. Ahhhh…

  8. I love summers in CO. What I look forward to the most is taking in amazing concerts at the best venue ever Red Rocks!!

  9. Oh, just looking forward to moving to San Diego from Virginia in May, spending a humidity free summer on the beach, and having our first baby in September. Not much of a busy summer for me at all! LOL!

  10. Oh my goodness me… The warmer weather. We have been waiting for it FOREVER here in Michigan!


  11. I am looking to having a little more time in the pool as I prepare for my first triathalon….which calls for some carb loading a day or two before :-)

  12. Getting ready to put in our huge veggie garden and finish painting the house. Hoping we can build our deck this summer. Than it will be on to lots of canning and freezing. I love the Recipe Girls cookbook and would love to add it to my collection.

  13. so looking forward to warm sunny lazy days – good books- good friends- good music and great BBQ on the beach

  14. Hmmmm, what am I most looking forward to? In general, I’m most looking forward to my family’s annual beach vacation. We spend one full week on the outerbanks in North Carolina, and the last few years it’s been a great mix of my family and my husband’s. Such a great week.

    Food-wise, though? I’m dying to have fresh, homegrown tomatoes! They make the best salsa, bruschetta, guacamole, sandwiches, salads, pastas….really anything! I so miss summer tomatoes.

  15. Rissoto looks delishous and I am looking forward to more variety of fruits and lots of avacados to enjoy cool receipies on the summer evenings outside.

  16. I am definitely looking forward to SUNSHINE! I’m ready for the good weather. This recipe looks delicious.

  17. I am most looking forward to the long nights of summer with my two older children. We just had baby number three and I really miss our popcorn and movie nights, long bike rides, vegging out in front of the TV or relaxing at the park.

  18. I am seriously looking forward to fresh peaches, mojitioes with mint from my backyard, ripe REAL tomatoes and everything from the garden !

  19. I am looking forward to continual days of sunshine and warmth. I know it is coming……patience, Lord, patience. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  20. I am most excited about the New England culture that arrives when summer comes. It’s different than the rest of the year.

  21. I’m looking forward to Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, homemade ice cream, and iced coffee!

  22. Yummolicious! I have a container of mascarpone in the fridge and this recipe sounds like a great way to use it up. Congrats to your friend on her book – I’m headed over to her blog to have a look.

  23. This looks amazing and I will be making this soon. Just in time to take advantage of the fresh Zucchini from the garden!

    I am looking forward to working in the garden, grilling, fireflies, and a permanent move to the lake by the end of summer! Finally, retirement for my dear husband!

  24. I would love to win a copy! I am most looking forward to long summer nights. I love it when it’s still 9 PM outside, and there’s still a hint of sunlight. It’s the best time of year.

  25. I am looking forward to playing at the beach with the love of my life, my four year old granddaughter. Splashing in the lake and getting hot sweaty in the sand and heading back to the cottage to have an ice cold popcycle treat. She is my favorite sous chef and we will enjoy making this risotto thank you so much for sharing!

  26. The risotto looks so yummy–I went and got all the ingredients this afternoon and am making it for dinner tonight! This summer I am most looking forward to the beach.

  27. Looking forward to the warmth and sunshine. It’s great to be able to take a walk outside again.

  28. I teach high school English and have to get up at 5:00am every morning. I am looking forward to being able to turn off my alarm clock and sleeping in!

  29. I can relate to the watermelon it’s my favorite fruit. I also enjoy sitting on the porch in the late evenings during summer.

  30. Ahh so much to look forward to, namely: eating/drinking delicious beer and cocktails outside in Philly with my husband,vtraveling and most importantly, warm weather and long days!! I love the recipe girl blog so this giveaway is awesome!

  31. I am so looking forward to fresh homegrown/farm grown tomatoes. Tomatoes just don’t taste right in the wintertime! Also, looking forward to our downtown farmers market on Saturday- nothing better than farm fresh fruits and vegetables. Cannot wait!

  32. Hi Gaby! I am loving risottos lately, too–I’ll have to try this one! I am most looking forward to being on summer vacation (I’m a teacher) and making some homemade sangria : ).

  33. I’m looking forward to spending time at the pool with my daughters. And hopefully a good garden this year.

  34. I look forward to fresh homegrown produce from my garden, fresh fruits from my trees and sharing with family and friends! Thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful cookbook!

  35. I am not looking forward to the scorching temps (I live in Phoenix) but I am looking forward to time off. I’m a teacher and summer is the best for that reason! :)

  36. It is very simple what I am looking forward to most for the summer…flip flops and sundresses! I love warm weather and can’t wait to bask in the warmth and spend time outside – grilling and enjoying all the fresh veggies and awesomeness that is the summertime!

  37. When you live in New York, the summer feels so brief so once its here, I just relish every day! The long days, sitting outside at a cafe, going to farmers markets, a weekend at Cape Cod, my flower boxes, the fresh veggies …. everything about summer is right with me!
    (oh, except for the humidity & the 125° in the subway stations!)

  38. Opening the windows and letting the air come through the house. I am looking forward to having walks after dinner with my husband . I would love to go to the Farmer’s Market in the local town too.

  39. I’m looking forward to longer days and time to relax but I’m not looking forward to the desert heat.

  40. I’m most looking forward to laying by the pool and soaking up the sun while sipping on sweet tea lemonade. Perfection!

  41. Looking forward to longer weekend get-aways & time to myself! A little R&R! Books & cooking – just can’t wait!

  42. Releasing my feet from shoes and embracing my sandals. I can hear my toes saying ‘ahhhhh’ as I type.

  43. I’m looking forward to time at the pool and just being outdoors. Wish we could just skip winter every year.

  44. What I’m looking forward to is really just some nice warm weather!! I also love how it stays light out much later in the summer.

  45. I am mostly looking forward to warmth! I live in MN and am so sick of the snow and cold and its almost the end of April!!!

  46. I am most looking forward to vacations with my hubby and days sitting by the pool reading a good book!

  47. I’m looking forward to walking in the morning before work because it will be light enough by then. Also, watermelon with feta and balsamic.

  48. I’m looking forward to not being on a tight schedule and enjoying the relaxing free days of summer!

  49. Looking forward to longer daylight, family fun at the beach, getting active & good times with friends!

  50. I am looking forward to spending summer evenings watching my daughter (5 months old) explore great food….first up, avocado!

  51. I’m looking forward to my daughter playing in her baby pool. She is just so darling in her little swim suit.

    1. congratulations Sadie!! You won the Recipe Girl Cookbook contest!! Will you just shoot me a quick email with your mailing address and I’ll make sure the book gets to you ASAP!


  52. I’m looking forward to grilling all kinds of yummy foods and all the fresh salads I’ll be able to make from all the vegetables in my garden!

  53. Looking forward to sunny days, time at the pool and vacation! LOVE the photos from this cookbook!

  54. I am sooo looking forward to a trip to the bay/beach. The saltwater and salty air seems to somehow rejuvenate me…

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