Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto with Shrimp

What?  Laryngitis again?  How can this be?  The last five months have been challenging for me.  I have come down with laryngitis and the accompanying crud five times.  Yep, once a month for five months.  I must say being sick is getting old.  In between times, I have been in Seattle to visit and play with my granddaughter, Sabine.  Maybe I am catching it from flying.  Maybe I am just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Whatever it is, it is time for it to end!

Being sick is playing havoc with cooking and posting....  However, on my most recent trip to Seattle, I made a delicious Sun-dried Tomato Risotto with Shrimp.  I had taken the most recent issue of Cuisine at Home to read while on the plane and I spied the made me plain hungry!

It was really an easy dish to put together and if a two-year-old likes it, then it must be okay!

Sun-dried Tomato Risotto with Shrimp
adapted from Cuisine At Home, Issue 109, January/February 2015

Yield:  4 Servings

3 1/2 cups each chicken stock and water
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
1 cup diced onion
4 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 Tbsp.)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 cups arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup Pecorino Romano, grated
1/2 cup minced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
1 Tbsp chopped lemon zest
Salt and pepper, to taste

12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on
1/4 tsp each kosher salt and black pepper
2 Tbsp canola oil
Chopped parsley

Combine the chicken stock and the water in a sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat.  Maintain a simmer.

Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a saute pan over medium heat.  Add the onions, garlic and tomato paste.  Cook until the onions soften, about 5-6 minutes.

Stir in the rice to coat it with the butter and tomato paste mixture, about 1 minutes.  Add the wine. Simmer, stirring frequently until the wine is absorbed, 2 minutes.

Ladle one cup increments of the stock mixture into the rice.  Simmer and stir frequently until each addition has been absorbed before adding the next.

After five cups of stock has been added, taste the risotto for doneness.  Continue adding 1/2 cup increments until the risotto reaches al dente.

Off the heat, stir in the remaining 1 Tbsp. butter until melted.  Stir in the cheese, tomatoes and zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Keep the risotto warm until serving time.

Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.  In a saute pan over high heat, sear the shrimp in oil, about 2-3 minutes per side.  Top each serving of risotto with 3-4 shrimp and garnish with parsley.


This was a great dish to have on a cold and rainy day. The leftovers were great even without the shrimp!

I many not have much of a voice today nor much of an appetite but I don't think Mr. T is going to want soup again.  I must come up with something different for dinner....

I am sharing today at Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage and at Foodie Friday hosted by Michael at Rattlebridge Farm.


  1. An absolutely beautiful dish. I love everything about it, the color, the flavors, and of course the shrimp and sun-dried tomatoes, two of my favorites. It's just plain terrible to be sick, especially repeatedly with the same problems. I am usually a very good patient, but in your case, I wouldn't be any fun to be around :) Hope you're better and over it completely very, very soon.

  2. Hope you get 100% better soon Kate..
    Love this kind of dih!
    I bet Sabine is a little doll!

  3. Sorry to hear of your health issues - I hate to be sick. That is one fine looking meal you have there Kathy

  4. Kate, Yikes! That's a nasty reoccurring infection... My sinuses have been known to hammer me in the same way for months. Love the risotto with shrimp. A classic and satisfying entree for sure. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  5. I will have to bookmark this recipe. It is something totally different for dinner and the hubs would love it. Hope you are feeling better soon Kate. I remember having the flu and just the thought of food was a turn-off. It was a slow road back and I worried that I could never blog again. LOL. Take care.

  6. Hi Kate,
    Your Sun Dried Tomato Risotta with Shrimp looks wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with Full Plate Thursday. Wishing you a Valentine Day filled with Love!
    Miz Helen

  7. Hope you're like new soon, Kate! Your shrimp dish sounds delicious and would be a hit here! Take care.

  8. I love using dried tomatoes in the winter. I cannot tell you how yuck store bought tomatoes are here now. Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. Funny, I was just thinking of making a tomato risotto...and then I saw this recipe and that you had made it. I have scallops in the fridge, and that's what I"m sorely tempted to use. I sure hope that your immune system bounces back for you and that this sickness thing is over for you quickly!

  10. Your risotto looks sublime! And topped with shrimp makes it even better!!!


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