Shrimp and Pea Risotto

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    Let’s go back in you guys remember the tv show The Hills? Or Laguna Beach? Ahh that was like my college years! On Wednesday, apparently MTV had their “retroMTV” marathon and they had the first season of The Hills and my DVR was set to record the entire marathon. Oh my gosh – I love when MTV does their throwbacks. It’s such trashy tv and such a time killer but I can’t help but get sucked in. It brings me back to college and how my roommates and I would always make sure we watched it at 10pm the night it came on. Haha, as embarrassing as this is to admit, I idolized those girls in the show. I wanted everything they had, I wanted to move to LA, I wanted to get into PR. Ugh, these shows are so bad for teenage girls! I turned out ok though ;)

    I feel like I always have a twinge of sadness when I think about college. Every time I meet someone from my alma mater (ha, and they always are getting younger and younger it seems), I always get really nostalgic. I miss college. I really really do. I miss being young and going to bars and being able to stay up past 11pm. Sigh, it’s crazy how fast life is going by. I’m making myself sound so old. I feel old though – I can barely stay awake past 10pm and my “sleeping in” on the weekends is 730am. Sucks!! Oh, not to mention, on Monday, I found my FIRST gray hair. I pretty much screamed bloody murder. Jason thought I had broken something and ran upstairs to see me standing in the hallway holding that piece of gray hair pouting. Wahhh this cannot be happening at 26! I didn’t think I’d even get any til at least 30. :( tear

    My friends and I always talk about going out to a club one weekend and dress like how we dressed in college and party like how we partied. I honestly don’t even know if I can handle it. In college, we didn’t even go out til 11pm and we’d stay out til way past 2am, sometimes even 4am. We’d drink way too much and be lazy all day Saturday and do it again Saturday night. Then Sunday was full recovery mode. If I were to do that one weekend at age 26, I bet you I’d call out of work for 3 days, haha

    If I were to really do that one weekend, this shrimp and pea risotto would be something I’d be able to muster up enough energy to make. It’s really simple to make. A lot of people have this misconception that risotto is high-maintenance and difficult to cook – it really isn’t! This would be pure comfort food and a possible hangover cure. This is really for any day though – you don’t have to be nursing a hangover to make this :) it’s a quick weeknight dinner option that the entire family will love!

    Shrimp and Pea Risotto

    There's nothing intimidating about shrimp and pea risotto. The hardest part is waiting for it to be finished!
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 25 mins
    Total Time: 45 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4 -6
    Calories: 266kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 3/4 pounds of shrimp, peeled and deveined (you can use frozen shrimp here too if you want)
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1 cup Arborio rice
    • 1/4 cup dry white wine
    • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
    • 1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
    • Juice of half a lemon


    • In a small bowl, toss shrimp in 2 tbsp. of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. In a dutch oven (or large stockpot), add the shrimp and cook on medium high heat until they're opaque in the center, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and place shrimp and juices in a bowl. Set aside.
    • In the same pot, add 2 more tbsp. of olive oil and cook the onion and garlic until fragrant and translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add the Arborio rice and slightly toast the outside of it, stirring constantly. Gently add the white wine and cook it down until most have been absorbed by the rice, about 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Then add the chicken broth, bring to a boil while stirring often. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and let cook for another 15 minutes, until the rice is creamy, tender and has a bite to it.
    • Add the peas, stir to incorporate, then add the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    • If the risotto seems too dry and not creamy, add more chicken broth, 1/4 cup at a time, until you achieve the right consistency.
    • Juice half a lemon on top of the risotto before serving, then stir to combine.
    • Serve hot and store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


    Nutrition Facts
    Shrimp and Pea Risotto
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 266 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 11g17%
    Carbohydrates 20g7%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 22g44%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 


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  • Monica says:

    You make me want to make risotto tonight. I also make this version and don’t use cheese either. Always feel a little “bad” leaving out the cheese when I make risotto at home but since I usually make shrimp and clams, I think it’s okay…and there’s really so much flavor that you don’t miss the cheese. Yum!

  • Kathryn says:

    I love making risotto – total comfort food, you’re so right. And I totally sympathise about the getting older thing, even when I started work we used to go out every night and survive on a couple of hours sleep. No way I could do that these days!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Maybe we can have that tonight for dinner instead? Hmm? We just need to find you a kitchen.

  • Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective says:

    I laughed out loud when you started talking about Laguna Beach. My freshman year of college I got really sick (with mono haha) and I binged watched the entire first season of the show. Memories :)

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    This looks fantastic! Perfect summer dinner!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Oh my gosh this is like my favorite thing ever. Once I start eating shrimp again, I’mmon teaaaaar this UP.

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    We’re huge risotto fans! Love this recipe, especially with fresh peas!

  • Cassie says:

    Risotto is my #1 favorite thing to make (and eat!) Love this!

  • Maria says:

    Love the peas!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Love risotto! Making me feel like eating this for breakfast!

  • Tieghan says:

    Love, love, love this!! And I love the Hills and all those old trashy MTV shows!
    Wishing for a bowl of this tonight and some Laguna Beach re-runs!

  • DB-The Foodie Stuntman says:

    My college days were similar to how you describe yours, only I didn’t watch your TV shows. (I’m a guy.) You’ll find that you’ll keep the same friends but the conversation changes over time. (For example, ooh! look at at that ass! becomes ooh! how did you stop that diaper rash?)

    You’ve also found my shortcut to cooking risotto by covering it and letting it steam. I do love the gradual adding and stirring the stock, however. For me, I can focus on a simple task that allows me to collect my thoughts after a long day. Great job overall!

  • carrian says:

    Love this risotto, and I totally cannot act like I used to. Staying up past midnight kills me!

  • Monique says:

    I have made risotto maybe twice and havent made it in a while because I never think it would be enough for my carnivore bf at home. I love the idea of peas and shrimp! Genius! Lots of fresh crunch and creaminess- sounds perfect to me!

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    Haha, I was so obsessed with those shows too, and now as an adult, I creepily follow LC on Instagram. A couple years ago Hills/Laguna/The City were all streaming on Netflix Instant, and you don’t even want to know how unproductive I was when I discovered that!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    I love risotto and this one looks so delish! I watched those shoes to, but um, well out of college. ;) I work with med students so talk about feeling old. I’m covering first-year orientation and these 22-year-olds look 12. Oy, when did I become the old lady? Ha ha!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Love risotto! This sounds fantastic! :)

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife says:

    mm that does look good, but after eating that I doubt I would want to go to a club haha I’d more or less want to curl up on my couch. haha I miss college too, went out last weekend and stayed out til about 2am, next felt like I had been hit my a truck. lol what happened to me. lol

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Not only would you be dead for days but you’d totally regret it lol… even if it were fun at the time. Now this dish… totally not regret inducing ;)

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

    i have a very similar memories about college and I miss it terribly – how time flies :( I have been seeing couple risotto recipes lately and thinking about making it because like you said – i am one of those intimidated person.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love risotto, I know I’d absolutely inhale this!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Perfect! Love these flavors!

  • Jackie {Domestic Fits} says:

    Risotto is one of my favorite things to make, I love the summer flavors!

  • Cookbook Queen says:

    Can you believe I’ve never had risotto? This looks so fabulous!!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    LOL I know first hand I cant drink the way I used to in college. Big mistake ;) I havent ever made risotto. This one is definitely making me want to!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    This looks so summery and fresh. I sure wish I was having this for dinner tonight, YUM!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    This is definitely one of my favourites! I often like to season the shrimp creole/cajun style for a bit of spicy heat.

  • Shaina says:

    I made risotto this week, too! It’s one of my all time favorite dishes. Yours sounds great!

  • Mary Clay Kline @ Cooking with the King says:

    This looks so yummy! I’m a recent risotto fiend. Add in peas and shrimp? Sounds divine!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker says:

    I love all things shrimp and this risotto looks so creamy and delicious!

  • Stephanie says:

    I hear ya! If I plan on dressing up and going dancing, I take a nap prior, haha! And then I end up not staying until the place closes, but until I’m ready to go. Ah, to be young again..

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I love me some risotto! This looks fab!

    And oh man, Laguna Beach. I just to act like I thought it was so lame, but I secretly loved it! Shhhhhhhh….

  • Des @ Life's Ambrosia says:

    Yum! I heart risotto of any kind! And I turn 30 this year. That’s right 3-0. Gahhh! I know it’s not old but when you talk about staying up past 10 (it’s so hard for me!) and waking up after 7:30 (I feel like I’ve slept the day away!) My friends and I were just talking about how we used to go out at 11 and now the thought of being up, let alone dressed and out in public, at 11 seems so foreign to me. Honestly though, I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. I’m enjoying the mornings a lot more :)

  • cquek says:

    these looks great. i love that for my dinner

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today says:

    Risotto is the only one meal my hubby loves to make, usually he makes one with mushrooms, but I’ll ask hin for this version. Experimenting is fun.

  • Ash- foodfashionparty says:

    Risotto is one of those things I get overwhelmed by, I should start making. The pics are so inviting..

  • Kiran @ says:

    I love the photos!! Makes me want to dash into the kitchen and whip up a pot of comforting risotto! Mmmm :)

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Risotto is like, the perfect food. And risotto with peas is even more perfect-er!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    I am stuck in airports all day….what I would do for this delightful meal!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh how lovely! I adore a good risotto dish, and while I don’t love shrimp, this still looks incredible :)

  • Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    Nothing is more comforting than risotto! Love this, thanks for sharing!

  • Candice says:

    I love risotto. I made it once and I felt like I had to stand by the stove the entire time to constantly stir. I definitely want to give this recipe a try as the process seems a lot easier. I plan on substituting asparagus with the peas as I’m not a fan of peas.

    I loved watching The Hills and Laguna Beach. haha! I too remember those days of going out at 11pm and not getting home till after 2am.

  • Samantha says:

    haha! call out of work for 3 days… That’s exactly how I would be. I got my first grey hair at like 23…I remember it so vividly. I still pout.

  • Lynna says:

    I`ve had at least 15 grey hairs and I`m only 22!! D: Haha, I`m at the stage where I just don`t want to grow up.

    I`m loving this dish!

  • Fe says:

    YUM! Can’t resist risotto! I like to think my grey hairs (I’m 26 too) just make me feel distinguished… course I’ve let it be known that if they keep appearing at the rate they do I will be getting regular colorings when I hit 30 haha!

    • Julie says:

      Haha, too funny. I’m sure it’ll all be ok :) at least there’s hair dye for all of us!

  • Ashley says:

    This risotto is beautiful! I love this flavor combination. Yum!!

  • Kristin says:

    Made this earlier in the week and it was delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Kristin! Glad you enjoyed it!

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