Recipe: Pea and Prawn Risotto

Monday, 30 November 2015

My cooking skills don't really stretch very far, but I've got pretty bloody good at making risotto. I can't really cook much else to be honest! People seem to assume that risotto is a really fancy and complicated dish, but it's actually ridiculously easy to make. It's also really versatile and can be adapted to suit your tastebuds! You can swap the prawns for tofu or veggies if you're not a meat-eater, pop in a dollop of soft cheese to make it extra creamy, or throw in a tin of tomatoes to give it a completely different flavour.

My favourite risotto ever is pea and prawn, it's perfect for a cosy night in with my other half. He loves it (he's started buying risotto rice on a weekly basis as a subtle hint, either that I should cook more or maybe he really does like it that much!), and we usually have plenty left over for lunch the next day- winner!

Ingredients (Serves four)
900ml vegetable stock
300g arborio risotto rice
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
100ml dry white wine
1 tin petits pois peas
1 pack ready-to-eat king prawns
Salt and pepper to season

How it's done 
1. Make up the stock and leave to simmer on a low heat.
2. Heat a little oil in a large pan. Over a high heat, add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
3. Tip in the risotto rice and coat in the onion and garlic. Turn down the heat.
4. Add the wine and simmer for a couple of minutes until almost evaporated.
5. Start adding the stock, a ladleful at a time, only adding more when the stock has almost evaporated. This should take around 25 minutes in total, until the rice is soft and the risotto is creamy. Ensure you are stirring frequently.
6. Five minutes before the rice is ready, add the peas and king prawns and allow them to cook gently.
7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve!

It's as simple as that! And it tastes absolutely divine! If you try the recipe, I'd love to see your photos and hear your thoughts! You can comment below or tweet me @SianKathrine!

What's your favourite dish to cook?

Sian Kathrine xo

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