Prawn and Pine Nut Risotto

    55 mins

    A delicious concoction of prawns and pine nuts with a hint of chilli pepper. The addition of carrots give a little added crunch and colour. If you take your time and stir constantly, you'll end up with the creamiest, tastiest risotto ever!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cups (400g) Arborio risotto rice
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) white wine
    • 1 litre reduced-sodium chicken stock, warmed
    • 1/4 cup chilli-garlic flavoured butter
    • 340g medium prawns, peeled and deveined, tails left on
    • 1 medium carrot, cut into thin strips
    • 1/3 cup (40g) pine nuts
    • 1/4 cup (40g) sliced black olives
    • 1 large red chilli, minced
    • 1 pinch ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in Arborio rice until well coated in oil; continue cooking until both the onion and rice begin to turn golden-brown, about 8 minutes.
    2. Pour in the white wine and stir until evaporated. Pour in 1/3 of the hot chicken stock; stir constantly as the risotto simmers and slowly absorbs the broth, about 8 minutes. Add half of the remaining stock, and continue stirring until absorbed, about another 8 minutes.
    3. Stir in chilli-garlic butter, shrimp, carrot, pine nuts, black olives, and red chile pepper until the butter has melted. Stir in the remaining chicken stock, and again stir constantly until absorbed, about 8 minutes. Season to taste with black pepper.
    4. At this point, taste the rice; it should be slightly firm and totally delicious. If it is still a little crunchy, stir in some hot water and continue cooking until it reaches the desired tenderness.

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    This was my first time making risotto and it came out just perfect! I added mushrooms instead of carrots though and crushed red pepper instead of a minced chile pepper and it was still delicious. Thanks!  -  31 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    this is a delicious risotto.. very creamy and the hint of spice is great.  -  22 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I also didnt use the carrots or the black olives but used mushrooms and added fresh spinach at the end  -  13 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)