We often hear that risotto is a dish to be constantly stirred. I guess that's okay if you have the time and want to be intimate with your rice, but it's not necessary. What you're looking to do is cook the rice until the starches are ready to be manipulated by human, spoon, and liquid. That can happen toward the end of the cooking process, giving you time to make a lovely little lobster ragout.

Recipe by Oxmoor House October 2014


Credit: Oxmoor House

Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1/3 cup risotto and 1/2 cup ragout)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Drain the tomatoes in a colander over a bowl, reserving the tomato liquid. Coarsely chop the tomatoes. Add 3/4 cup of the chicken stock to the tomato liquid.

  • Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat for the risotto. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and swirl.

  • Add the rice and stir to toast, about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the onion and 2 of the garlic cloves. Stir until translucent.

  • Add 2 cups of the stock. Bring it to an immediate boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes on the lowest possible heat setting.

  • Now, you should be able to get the rest of the dish ready while the rice is cooking. Let's go.

  • In another skillet, heat the other tablespoon of olive oil. Medium heat.

  • Add the fennel bulb, 1/2 cup of the onion, and 2 cloves of garlic. Stir to brown gently.

  • Add the tomatoes, the crushed red pepper, and the minced chiles. Sauté and stir for about 4 minutes.

  • Add a few tablespoons of the reserved tomato juice mixture and 1/4 cup stock to moisten. Fold in the lobster, reduce heat to low, and warm the lobster chunks through, about 2 minutes.

  • Now, return your attention to the risotto. It's time to stir and gradually add liquid, one ladleful of the remaining tomato juice mixture at a time. Stir until quite creamy, but still toothsome. Add the butter and salt, and stir to finish.

  • Serve the risotto in shallow bowls, with a generous spoonful of the lobster ragout on top.


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Nutrition Facts

216 calories; fat 5.5g; saturated fat 1.5g; mono fat 2.9g; poly fat 0.5g; protein 14g; carbohydrates 28g; fiber 3g; cholesterol 37mg; iron 2mg; sodium 541mg; calcium 78mg.