Storecupboard dinner fix: Roasted tomato and cheddar rice

This comforting dish is similar to a risotto except you’re using less sophisticated ingredients like ordinary long grain rice and cheddar cheese. It’s also less laborious – only needing an occasional stir rather than constant monitoring.

It’s a proper store cupboard affair – rice, cheese, stock cube, tomatoes – all very everyday ingredients and pretty cheap!

I spotted the recipe in August’s Good Food Magazine and thought it looked like a veggie family-pleasing winner. I added frozen peas to the recipe – natch – but otherwise stuck with their instructions.

It’s filling, tasty and was hoovered up unanimously. It’s great for defeating huge appetites as the starchy rice combined with melted cheese soon fills people up. Those wanting to keep things light needn’t add so much cheese – I use the reduced fat Cathedral City stuff which doesn’t taste like lightweight diet fodder at all as it has a creamy texture.

You could even leave the cheese out entirely – rice cooked in vegetable stock is really yum in itself and disgustingly healthy!

If you want to meat it up you could easily add the shredded leftovers from a roast chicken once the rice has cooked and then gently heat through.

Roasted tomato and cheddar rice – BBC Good Food August
Serves 4

400g cherry tomatoes
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp oregano leaves, chopped (dried or fresh fine)
1 tbsp olive oil
250g easy cook rice
1 litre hot vegetable stock
200g mature cheddar, grated

Heat the oven to 200’C/180’C Fan/Gas 6. Put your tomatoes on a baking tray and roast for 15 mins, then set to one side.

In a large pan heat the oil and gently soften the onion and oregano for a few minutes then add the rice and stock. Bring to the boil and bubble for 15 minutes, stirring from time to time to prevent sticking, until the rice is cooked. Set your grill to high.

Stir about three quarters of your cheese and roasted tomatoes into your cooked rice until melted and well combined. Pour into an ovenproof dish then sprinkle the rest of your cheese evenly across the top and dot with the remaining roasted tomatoes. Cook under the grill for a few minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve with a fresh green salad.

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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2 Responses to Storecupboard dinner fix: Roasted tomato and cheddar rice

  1. English Mum says:

    That looks very nice. I do a similar one with the rice cooked in coconut milk and a spoonful of curry paste – I add pak choi and string beans – oh and shredded chicken, but you could easily leave it out x

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