Risotto With Shrimp

Main Course

Recipe courtesy of The Tucci Cookbook by Stanley Tucci

Serves 4



  • 1 lb medium-sized shrimp, peeled, deveined, shells reserved
  • 1 medium-size onion, quartered
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into thirds
  • 1 carrot (optional), peeled and cut into thirds
  • 4 sprigs fresh Italian parsley, flat leafed
  • kosher salt
  • 5 cups of water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil


  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 fresh or canned plum tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Note: This recipe by the director of the movie The Big Night

Stanley Tucci's Risotto With Shrimp

Risotto With Shrimp

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In a large saucepan, combine the shrimp shells, quartered onion, celery, carrot (if using), parsley, salt to taste, and water. Bring to a boil and simmer gently, with the lid slightly askew for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the shells and vegetables. When you are ready to prepare the risotto warm the broth to a gentle simmer.


Warm 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large high-sided sauté pan set over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté lightly but do not brown, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook until they turn light pink, about 4 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan to a plate and set aside.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of butter and the chopped onions to the sauté pan. Cook over medium-high heat until the onions have softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the rice, stirring to coat it with the olive oil. Stir in 1 cup of simmering broth. When the rice has absorbed the broth, add the wine and tomato and stir until the wine has been absorbed by the rice. Add the remaining broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently and allowing the rice to absorb the liquid after each addition, until the rice is al dente, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the reserved shrimp along with the last ladleful of broth and any juices that may have accumulated on the plate.

The rice should have a slight resistance to the bite; if it seems too hard, add a little more liquid (water if no broth left) and continue cooking for another minute or so. Remove the rice from the heat and briskly stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the Parmesan cheese.

Serve immediately.

Note: The broth may be prepared several hours ahead. Chicken stock may be substituted for shrimp broth, although this will alter the flavor slightly. Leftover shrimp broth may be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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