I don't know how long I've had the opened box of arborio rice in my pantry, probably since the last time I made Lemon and Parmesan Risotto which fortunately was not as far back as 2010 when I first blogged the recipe but it wasn't within the last 6 months either. Okay, time to use up the arborio rice. The most obvious choice is in risotto but I wanted a different recipe this time. It's also that time of year when lemons are in abundance and I've had every lemon tree owner I know ask me if I need/want lemons. Risotto and lemon just go well together. I also like that this recipe adds basil to the mix. I modified it from the original recipe which called for grilling the shrimp separately. At the time I made this, it was cold outside and I didn't want to hang out on my balcony grilling shrimp so I simplified it to add shrimp directly to the risotto to cook over the stovetop.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large shallot, peeled and finely chopped
1 1/2 cups arborio rice
2/3 cup dry white wine
zest from 2 lemons
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup Fontina cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds shrimp, shelled and deveined (more if you like lots of shrimp)
1/2 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
- Place broth and water in a medium-size saucepan; bring to a simmer.
- In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shallot and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add rice and stir until rice is coated with oil. Cook for 2 minutes. Add wine and cook until absorbed, about 1 minute.
- Add 1/2 cup of the simmering broth to the rice. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until absorbed. Add remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, cooking in the same manner. This will take 25-30 minutes. Do not shortcut this step as this is what ensures the rice will cook properly.
- Stir in the lemon zest, juice, cheese, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and stir until pink and cooked. Stir in basil just before serving. Garnish with lemon zest and/or grated Parmesan if desired.