tomato and shrimp risotto in a white bowl

Risotto was the first dish I learned how to make “as an adult.” Random, I know, but hear me out. I love how flavorful it is. How easy it is to make in big batches. And how it’s so wonderfully filling and stick-to-your-ribs-y. Spinach and parmesan risotto was actually the first dish I photographed for this blog. It didn’t even make it on as a real recipe, but I remember photographing it in my apartment in New York on my desk as a photo trial. I wish I could find the photo, but you’ll just have to trust me.

To this day, it’s one of my favorite dishes to make. And it’s perfect for the transition between summer and fall. Warm and comforting, yet still fresh and unique. This Tomato and Shrimp Risotto takes advantage of beautiful late summer heirloom tomatoes, as well as fresh shrimp and a boatload of parm. Because what’s risotto without parm?

Bonus: It also freezes really well. So you can make it on the weekend and have it any night of the week.

What is risotto?

Because risotto is a popular dish at Italian restaurants, many people mistakenly believe it’s a pasta dish. Plot twist: risotto is actually a rice dish! To make real risotto, you need to use a special kind of rice called arborio rice (any major grocery store chain should carry it). While the arborio rice cooks, it releases its starches, which is what makes risotto so creamy and delicious. Risotto is typically made with broth or stock and a little wine, plus lots of cheese. It’s a surprisingly easy dish to make, but it’s a total crowd pleaser.

tomato and shrimp risotto with squeezed limes

Tips on how to make risotto

You should be able to follow my instructions in the recipe card below quite easily, but here are a few top tips for making homemade tomato and shrimp risotto:

Add the broth a little at a time — Risotto uses a special cooking technique where you stir in only a little broth at a time and wait for it to be absorbed into the rice before adding more to the pot. This gives the rice time to release its starches and prevent you from over cooking the rice (if that happens to you, don’t worry! We’ve all been there).

Warm the stock in a saucepan — While the risotto is busy bubbling away, keep the stock you intend to add to the risotto in a saucepan over low heat. Adding warm broth to the warm risotto will speed up the entire cooking process.

Use freshly grated parmesan — I’m all for saving money on groceries, but for a dish as simple as risotto it’s important that you use freshly grated parmesan cheese. The stuff in the shaker can’t hold a candle to the real stuff, not to mention it’s too powdery to properly melt into the creamy shrimp and tomato risotto.

Side note, I’m coming up with new recipes for the fall. What would you guys like to see on the old blahg? Let me know in the comments below!

Love + kisses to you all.

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Late Summer Tomato + Shrimp Risotto

  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 16 oz fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Simmer white wine and chicken stock in a small saucepan.
  2. Rinse the arborio rice in cold water, then shake to remove excess. Place rice, onion, and olive oil into a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Allow for the onions to become slightly translucent, about 3 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to low. Add in 1/2 cup of the stock at a time, stirring to combine it with the rice. Once it is absorbed, add in another 1/2 cup of stock. Once broth is used up, add in tomato and shrimp, stirring to cover the shrimp completely. Allow to cook for another 5-7 minutes, until the shrimp is completely cooked through. Add in parsley, parmesan cheese, and juice of 2 limes, cooking for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the rice is creamy and al dente.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes, during which time the rice will continue to cook. Serve with a healthy dose of parmesan and parsley!

More pasta recipes from Broma Bakery:

Herby Mushroom Tagliatelle with Brown Buttered Sage, Goat Cheese, & Pine Nuts

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Green Goddess Lasagna

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Healthy Mushroom Bolognese with Tagliatelle 

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Hi. NOMS — remember the lobstah risotto from the ship? <3
ALSO — I would like you to make me a fluffy pumpkin cake with some epic cream cheese frosting. Also pumpkin pie. Can you hand deliver it? kiss kiss. love yewwwwww

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Love this recipe, Sarah. I make risotto all the time when I have the house to myself. Nothing better than a big bowl of this and some netflix!

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This looks divine. I love risotto – have you made the sausage and tomato risotto from Smitten Kitchen? It’s my all time favorite. But I have never made risotto with shrimp before – I’ll have to try!

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How about some soups with a side of carbs for the fall? Talk about comfort!

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I think I’ll make this recipe for date night at home. 🙂 Also, can’t wait for soup season. I love a good butternut squash soup.

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This sounds so good! The first time I made risotto was actually this spring, on the cusp of summer. It makes sense to make another now to celebrate the ending of this season and this is just perfect!

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I wish this recipe were a little more detailed…How should I prepare the onion for the dish? Chop it I assume? How long do you simmer the wine and stock? Do you then take it off the stove and start doing the rice, then add back the stock 1/2 cup at a time? Is there an estimate on how much time it will take for stock to absorb into rice? Do you ever cover it when it sits or no? For the novice cook this leaves a lot to worry about…looks delish though, I’ll give it my best shot 🙂

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Hi Amanda! Chop the onion into little bits. Simmer the wine and stock the entire time you cook the risotto. You just use a ladle to transfer 1/2 cup of the stock at a time into the rice. It should take 3-5 minutes between each addition of stock. Don’t cover the dish at all. And enjoy!!

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