Prawn and pepper risotto for your valentine

Prawn and pepper risotto for your valentine

By 10/02/2016

Whenever I don't know what to cook for lunch and I don't want pasta I usually make a speedy risotto.

I literally throw in whatever I find in the kitchen, often leftover vegetables, frozen peas, or saffron with bits of ham. Anything goes really and a generous sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan always brings out the flavour.

To make a smooth and silky risotto you need to add a knob of butter at the end when the rice is cooked. One thing I have learned is to use good quality butter (organic if possible) as you will taste it in your risotto. Good quality butter makes a big difference.

This risotto, which you can serve at valentine or you can make it anyday of the week is very simple to prepare. Remember to add the prawns during the last couple of minutes of cooking. When they look pink in colour than they are ready. If you overcook them they will be chewy.

After the risotto I cooked some fish fillets in the oven and served them on a bed of polenta and finely chopped cooked vegetables. This meal was for a special family dinner which we all enjoyed very much.

This recipe serves four.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes



Make the stock by dissolving the stock cube in 1 Liter - 1.05 qt of boiling water.

Wash the pepper, remove seeds and filaments and chop it.  Stir fry the onion with 2 tbsp of olive oil and then add the pepper stirring well.

stir frying peppers

Add the rice, salt and pepper, wine and slowly add the broth stirring all the time.

cooking risotto

Keep topping up with the broth and continue cooking for about 15 to 18 minutes or until packet instructions. Add the prawns and the chopped parsley during the last 2 minutes of cooking. The prawns are cooked when they look pink.

Switch off the heat and add a knob of butter and mix it well in.

Prawn Pepper Risotto

Serve warm. If you have a heart shaped pastry cutter you could shape your risotto in a "valentine theme".

prawn and pepper risotto

Italians usually have a first course which is pasta or rice followed by a "secondo" or second course which is often fish or meat. I cooked some fish fillets in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh thyme and served them with polenta and cooked vegetables which I stirred fried in a pan with a little bit of onion and olive oil. It was indeed a tasty meal!

Fish fillets with polenta and cooked vegetables

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12 Responses to Prawn and pepper risotto for your valentine

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Risotto is usually what we make when we don’t know what to make too – there is just so much that you can do with it.
    I like how you have served it in a heart.

    • Alida

      Risotto is always such an easy and delicious meal!

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    What a beautiful presentation! The prawn risotto looks absolutely scrumptious, Alida.

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie.

  3. speedy70

    Un risotto tanto romantico e delizioso, brava Alida!!!!

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Che bella presentazione romantica, ottimo il tuo risotto con i gamberetti! Hai realizzato dei piatti gustosi e raffinati, perfetti per festeggiare l’amore! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Ma grazie cara Vanna! Un abbraccio.

  5. gloria

    Look delizioso cara! I love prawns!!!

    • Alida

      Grazie Gloria!

  6. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Love this recipe…it looks so good right now! I love the Valentine theme, and I love shrimp or prawns. How beautiful this risotto looks when you formed it in a heart…It must be delicious. Thanks for sharing dear friend, and I hope that wonderful Valentine’s Day with your hubby and children..
    Dottie Hugs 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you have a beautiful valentine day too!

  7. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Risotto is such a lovely meal. This one sounds so fresh and light with the prawns. And your presentation is so pretty too. Have a lovely Valentines x

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