by Raymond Blanc

A beautiful summer tomato vegetable risotto with squash and fennel. Go the whole hog and make Raymond's tomato essence.

Main course

Buyer's guide

Cherry tomatoes are available year round but are at their best from June to October. Look for firm-fleshed, well-coloured fruit with clear skin and no signs of bruising.


Remove from any plastic packaging, and store at room temperature – refrigerating tomatoes can spoil their flavour. To freeze cherry tomatoes, it’s best to roast them first, or to make them into a sauce. They can also be preserved successfully bottled in oil.