Seafood Risotto for #SundaySupper with Cristina Ferrare

by Renee on May 20, 2012

Risotto made with seafood (crab, shrimp, and scallops) and asparagus

What are you cooking for Sunday Supper? Need ideas? Today is your lucky day! 15+ bloggers are sharing recipes by Cristina Ferrare from her Big Bowl of Love cookbook. It is a beautiful book filled with the most gorgeous photography and delectable recipes. I could look through the book for hours. Many of the recipes have helpful cook’s notes with ideas for variations, tips, or tools to use. It is like getting recipes from a good friend.

The one dish that stuck out for me is risotto. It is probably because it has been far too long since I had a good one. I am often disappointed in what some restaurants call risotto. It is not regular long grain rice with a thick sauce. Risotto has a special texture and is usually made with arborio or carnaroli rice that has a high starch content giving it the creaminess. It takes time to make risotto to let the liquids slowly absorb into the rice. Stir, stir, stir, and stir some more.

Risotto is a versatile dish. It is a base to which you can add numerous foods like vegetables, mushrooms, and in my case – seafood. Shellfish is a very tasty addition. I chose shrimp, scallops, and lump crab to go in mine. I also added asparagus for some color and it went well with the seafood. As Cristina states in the cook’s notes for this recipe: “Grilled seafood such as shrimp along with the saffron is a winning combination too!”. I did not grill the shrimp though. I chose to cook it in the risotto. Mmmm….seafood:

Seafood and other ingredients for risotto

Are you craving seafood yet? Oh yea! After you take a look at the recipe below, be sure to check out these recipes from Cristina’s cookbook prepared by wonderful Sunday Supper bloggers:

Big thanks to Cristina for allowing Sunday Supper bloggers to share her mouth-watering recipes! Cooking the risotto was easy and it came out absolutely delicious. I cannot wait to try more recipes from the cookbook.

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Seafood Risotto

Seafood Risotto

Recipe adapted from Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love Cookbook (page 109 - Risotto). Recipe courtesy Cristina Ferrare.

  • 6 1/2 cups chicken stock, heated through
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced small
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 pound bay scallops
  • 8 ounces jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 to 2 cups asparagus tips
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Zest from 1 lemon

Combine the chicken broth and saffron in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and keep warm over low heat.

Heat a stock pot over medium-high heat until warm (about 30 seconds). Add oil, butter, onions, and salt. Saute just until the onions turn translucent and are soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes.

Add 2 cups of the warm broth and the wine to cover the rice. Mix well. Bring to a gentle boil over low heat, and boil gently until the liquid is almost gone.

Stir in 3 more cups of broth, stirring every 3 minutes, and simmer until the liquid is absorbed.

Add 1 1/2 cups more broth, 1/2 cup every 3 to 4 minutes, to keep the rice mixture creamy.

Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is cooked through but still a bit firm in the center, about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the scallops and cook for 3 minutes. Gently stir in the crab meat, asparagus, Parmesan cheese, and lemon zest. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve immediately.

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Baker Street May 20, 2012 at 2:55 am

Oh my! I’m going to have dreams of this risotto. We have such an excellent spread this week! And I have so much I have to try from that book! This is surely one of the recipes that is topping the list right now! :)

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Renee May 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Thank you! All of the recipes in the cookbook looks so good. I will have it out and making more of them soon.

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sunithi May 20, 2012 at 3:02 am

Lovely ! Love seafood ! Will try this :)

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Renee May 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Thank you!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog May 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

Renee, this risotto looks amazing. Do I spy scallops? They are my seafood of choice. Happy #SundaySupper. Enjoy this beautiful dish.

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Renee May 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Oh yes you spy scallops…one of my favorites too.

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal May 20, 2012 at 9:08 am

Mmm I will be trying this one!

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Renee May 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Thanks Lane!

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina May 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

I cannot wait to try this risotto. I’m adding it for supper this week! Beautiful, Renee!

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Renee May 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thank you Jen! It would be a real treat for supper.

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Sofie Dittmann @thegermanfoodie May 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Send me some? Please? Pretty please?! LOVE that you picked this dish. Risotto is definitely one of our favorites around here.

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Renee May 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Sure Sofie! Wish you could have been here to enjoy it. Plenty to go around. It makes a big bowl.

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Angie @ Big Bears Wife May 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I love love love this seafood risotto. It looks beautiful! I wish I could have found the right rice for mine, but could only find white rice. But it still came out good. Love the seafood that you added!

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Renee May 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Thank you Angie! Keep your eye out for arborio rice. Hopefully your store will carry it soon.

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Katherine Martinelli May 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I love a good risotto and this looks just perfect!!

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Sasha May 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I was eyeing this one too! I love risotto, but don’t trust myself to make it. It’s the whole regular-stirring thing – I’m too easily distracted :). Maybe I’ll try to adapt it for the crock pot (because, you know, that has worked so well for me in the past ;))

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Renee May 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I am not sure how to adapt this for a crockpot but I am sure you will find the right method. Keep me posted when you do because I would like to see the method.

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Liz May 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

This looks spectacular! Great pick, Renee!!!

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Renee May 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Thanks Liz!

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Family Foodie May 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

This looks amazing…. and I am a total Seafood Lover! Can’t wait to try it!

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Renee May 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Thank you Isabel! It really is a seafood treat and comforting too.

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Lyn @LovelyPantry May 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This looks STUNNING, Renee. I simply must try it!

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Renee May 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Thanks Lyn!

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Alaiyo May 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I am in love! Seafood makes my constant obsession and risotto makes my heart skip beats. I’ll make this and be one happy woman! This is lovely and so delicious looking.

Best,
Alaiyo

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Renee May 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Thanks Alaiyo!

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Bren (@BG_garden) May 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

This looks amazing … and easy! I will have to try this for our next #SundaySupper.
Thank you for sharing the details on how to make this dish by Cristina. It was an honor and super fun to participate this week.

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Renee May 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Thank you Bren! #SundaySupper is always so much fun and so many good recipes too.

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Conni @MrsMamaHen May 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I LOVE scallops, and I love risotto….I’m definitely going to have to try this. Great pick for the #SundaySupper post!

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Renee May 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

Thank you Conni. Scallops are a real treat. They seem to go very well with the risotto along with the other shellfish. So tasty together.

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