Shrimp and Zucchini Risotto

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PRESENTATION

If you desire a creamy and enveloping first course, the choice will undoubtedly fall on a good risotto! Meat, fish, and vegetables will be at the service of your imagination to enrich these versatile grains. With shrimp and zucchini risotto, we propose an everlasting and appetizing combination, already experimented with the exotic Black Venus rice. The use of a crustacean broth made with the scraps of shrimp will enhance even more the flavor of the fish and the traditional stirring will ensure that touch of creaminess that cannot be missing in risottos.

Also try the risotto zucchini and stracchino for a very creamy variant or the shrimp and leek risotto for a more gourmet version!

INGREDIENTS

Roma rice 1 ¾ cup (320 g)
Zucchini 2 ½ cups (300 g)
Shrimps 1 lb (450 g)
White onions 3 oz (80 g)
Grana Padano PDO cheese 2 oz (60 g) - (to be grated)
Chives to taste
Butter 1 ½ tbsp (20 g)
Extra virgin olive oil to taste
White wine 2 oz (50 g)
Garlic 1 clove
Fine salt to taste
for the broth
Celery 3 cups (80 g)
Carrots 1 cup (100 g)
White onions 1 cup (100 g)
Water 4 ¼ cups (1 l)
Fine salt to taste
Preparation

How to prepare Shrimp and Zucchini Risotto

To make the shrimp and zucchini risotto, first clean the shrimp: remove the head and shell 1, then extract the intestine 2 and keep the whole shrimp and the scraps aside 3.

Wash the vegetables for the broth and cut them into coarse pieces 4. In a pot, heat a swirl of oil 5, add the vegetables 6 and sauté for about 5 minutes over moderate heat.

Add 260 g (9.2 oz) of shrimp scraps to the pot 7, sauté for another couple of minutes then cover with water 8, add some salt and cook over moderate heat for about 1 hour, taking care to remove the foam that will form on the surface with the appropriate skimmer 9.

Once cooking is complete 10, strain the broth through a sieve 11 and keep warm on the side. Peel and chop an onion 12.

Wash and trim the zucchini, then cut them into cubes of about 1/2 inch 13. Also, chop the chives and keep them aside 14. In a frying pan, heat a swirl of oil with a clove of garlic 15.

Add the zucchini 16 and cook for 5-6 minutes over high heat, sprinkling with a ladle of broth 17. Once the broth has been absorbed, add the shrimp 18 and cook for another 5 minutes.

Finally, add the chopped chives 19, keeping some aside for garnishing the serving dishes. Turn off the heat, remove the garlic, and keep warm on the side. In another frying pan, heat a swirl of oil 20 with the previously chopped onion 21.

Add a ladle of broth to let it stew 22, then also add the rice and toast it 23, deglaze with the white wine 24, let it evaporate.

Incorporate the broth, a little at a time until the rice is cooked 25. Towards the end of the risotto's cooking time, add the zucchini with shrimp inside 26. Finish cooking and mix everything well; make sure it's adequately salted, otherwise adjust to taste. Turn off the heat and stir the risotto with a knob of butter 27

and the grated cheese 28. Garnish the dish with the chopped chives kept aside 29 and serve the shrimp and zucchini risotto hot.

How to store

We recommend consuming the shrimp and zucchini risotto immediately, if it should be left over, you can store it in the fridge for a maximum of one day.

Freezing is not recommended.

Tips

Try adding saffron stigmas to the risotto, they will give a note of color and flavor to the dish!