Risotto Al Limone Con Scampi (Shrimp and Lemon Risotto)

“This recipe comes from Chef Luciano Parolari who has been the executive chef at the exclusive Villa d'Este on Lake Como in Italy, for 25 years. He has been nicknamed the "King of Risotto" because of his reputation for a variety of exotic Milanese risottos. Note: The chef recommends carnaroli rice, from Italy's Piedmont area. If you can't find it in specialty or gourmet shops, however, use arborio rice - it's an acceptable substitute. This recipe is courtesy of an article about Chef Parolari in our local paper. I have not tried it as yet but wanted to put it here for safe keeping.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring broth to a boil in a saucepan, reduce heat and simmer to keep warm.
  2. In another heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Add rice and stir until every grain is coated with butter.
  3. Begin to ladle in broth slowly, one cup at a time, stirring until all liquid is absorbed and the rice is still moist, before adding more.
  4. After 10 minutes of cooking, add grated lemon peel. It will take about 20 minutes for the rice to absorb all the broth and to finish cooking.
  5. Remove pan from heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and the remaining butter.
  6. To make the sauce, saute peeled shrimp in oil. Add white wine to the pan and cook over medium-high heat to evaporate the wine. Add parsley, and cook until sauce thickens and mixture is reduced.
  7. To plate dish, mound a portion of the risotto, and place shrimp over top. Garnish with lemon zest strips and parsley.

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