Tomato Mascarpone Risotto

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Tomato Mascarpone Risotto from What's Gaby CookingHappy 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…

Tomato Mascarpone Risotto from What's Gaby CookingTomato Mascarpone Risotto from What's Gaby Cooking

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

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 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


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the broth and tomato sauce and heat over low heat until just
  • warmed, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Add the wine, stir and let the liquid evaporate.
  • 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.
  • Remove the pan from heat and stir in the cheese, basil and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.



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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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 : ).

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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! 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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!)

  10. 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.

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

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

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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!!!

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