Rating: 4 stars
45 Ratings
  • 1 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 5 star values: 21

Sweet onion, rich feta cheese, and fresh dill provide dynamic flavor in this easy weeknight meal. The hardest part about making risotto is the constant stirring, so grab a magazine or plan to call out homework while you let this dish simmer, about 30 minutes. Balance the plate with a lively fennel salad.

Jackie Mills, MS, RD
Recipe by Cooking Light May 2009


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Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups risotto)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring broth and 1 cup water to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in rice and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 30 minutes total).

  • Stir in asparagus and shrimp; cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and remaining ingredients.

  • Fennel salad: Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in a large bowl. Add 6 cups torn romaine lettuce and 1 cup thinly sliced fennel bulb; toss well to coat.

Nutrition Facts

426 calories; fat 8.9g; saturated fat 3.6g; mono fat 2.8g; poly fat 1.2g; protein 33g; carbohydrates 53.5g; fiber 5.1g; cholesterol 189mg; iron 4.5mg; sodium 868mg; calcium 194mg.