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Tomatoes may be out of season, but sun dried tomatoes are always in season, and add both zip and zest to this lovely risotto, a wonderful dish served on a cold, blustery day!

Bella Sun Luci Risotto

Ingredients

3 Cups Stock

3 Cups Water

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Med Onion, Chopped

6 oz. Mushrooms, sliced

2 Cloves Garlic

1 Cup Risotto

½ Cup Bella Sun Dried Tomatoes, Drained & Chopped

1 ¼ Tsp Salt

¼ Tsp Ground Pepper

¼ Cup Freshly Chopped Basil

1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley

¼ Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan

Preparation

Dilute 3 cups of broth with even parts of water, set aside. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add risotto to mixture and continue to sauté for about 2 minutes until rice is crackling and turning brown. Add 1 cup of liquid along with salt and pepper, stirring constantly until all moisture has been absorbed. Add sun dried tomatoes, basil and parsley. Continue adding 1 cup of liquid at a time and stirring until absorbed. Repeat process. The risotto should be tender and slightly firm in the center with a creamy sauce. Stir in parmesan cheese and serve.

*Image and recipe courtesy of Mooney Farms.*

Bella Sun Luci is offering a “Bella Bargain” on their website! To receive a $1.00 off printable coupon on their Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes, click here to fill out the form and print out your coupon.

*Image provided by Bella Sun Lucci. This is not a paid advertorial. Please see disclosure.*

Were you aware that Sun Dried Tomatoes contain lycopene, a phytochemical and proven antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body? Ounce per ounce, sun dried tomatoes have 12 times the amount of Lycopene than a raw tomato and studies show that a tomato rich diet is associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer, digestive disorders, breast, lung cervical cancers and heart disease.

Add some of Bella Sun Luci’s Sun Dried Tomatoes to a multitude of recipes for an immediate flavor plus antioxidant booster – from pizza to salads to meatloaf (yes, “Mom” just added in their Sun Dried Tomatoes with Zesty Peppers to a homemade meatloaf for a robust flavor!) – these tangy little tomatoes just burst with goodness! You may even wish to snack on them alone or spread the Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta topping on a crusty loaf of bread.

Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes from Mooney Farms offers a variety of delicious sun dried tomato products for all of your culinary needs, including California Sun Dried Tomato Halves, California Sun Dried Tomatoes Julienne Cut, California Sun Dried Tomatoes with Italian Basil, California Sun Dried Tomatoes with Zesty Peppers, Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil & Herbs, & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto.

Mooney Farms also showcases a wealth of tantalizing recipes featuring the sun dried tomato on their website! From appetizers to main dishes, the recipes are quick and easy to follow.

For more information on the health benefits of sun dried tomatoes, or to order, please visit MooneyFarms.com. For the holidays, one of their gift baskets will definitely be a hit with any foodie on your gift list!

About Mooney Farms

Mooney Farms began in 1987 as a family owned kiwi farming operation, selling their products locally at the farmer’s markets in Northern California. But when they added sun dried tomatoes to their offerings, the Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil & Herb sold out in a record four hours. Shortly thereafter a focus on Sun Dried Tomatoes and the Mediterranean diet commenced. Built on a foundation of family values, Mooney Farms has grown into the largest producer of Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil in the United States.

*Company generously provided information and samples for this review.*

Warm up with this creamy, fresh soup featuring the sun dried tomato this winter! Full of bold flavor, this is perfect for sipping out of mugs, or served alongside a grilled cheese sandwich.

Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Soup

Ingredients

¾ Cup Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, Drained

2 Cups Tomato Juice

2 Cups Whipping Cream (“Mom” prefers organic or Soymilk Creamer)

½ Tsp Salt

¼ Tsp Freshly Ground Pepper

Fresh Basil For Garnish

Preparation

Combine drained Sun Dried Tomatoes and 1 Cup of Tomato Juice in blender and puree to a smooth consistency. Add remaining cup of tomato juice and mixture from blender to a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Cook over low heat until thoroughly heated, do not boil.

Yields 3 – ½ Cup Servings.

*Recipe & image courtesy of Mooney Farms.*