shrimp and asparagus risotto

An unusual and striking dish with fresh shrimp and asparagus risotto, which is very simple to prepare and ideal for impromptu supper parties.
SERVES 4
  • 5 cups vegetable bouillon
  • 12 0z/350 g asparagus, cut into
  • 2-inch/5-cm lengths
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1onion, chopped finely
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped finely
  • 1½cups arborio rice
  • 1 lb/450g raw jumbo shrimp, peeled
  • and deveined
  • 2 tbsp olive paste or tapenade
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese shavings, to garnish

shrimp and asparagus risotto recipe

Method:

1. Bring the vegetable bouillon to a boil in a large pan. Add the asparagus and cook for 3 minutes until just tender. Strain, reserving the bouillon, and refresh the asparagus under cold running water. Drain and set aside.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, add the onion, and cook gently for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another 3o second. Add the rice and stir for 1-2 minutes until coated with oil and slightly translucent.
3. Keep the vegetable bouillon over low heat. Increase the heat under the rice to medium and begin adding the bouillon, 1 cup at a time, stirring well between additions. Continue until almost all the bouillon has been
absorbed. This should take 20-25 minutes.
4. Add the shrimp and asparagus, with the last cup of vegetable bouillon, and cook for 5 minutes until the shrimp and rice are tender and the bouillon has been absorbed. Remove from the heat.
5. in the olive paste, basil, and seasoning, and let stand for 1 minute. Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan shavings.

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