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Nutrition Facts

Calories 423
  Calories from Fat 58 (14%)
(9%)Total Fat 6g
(10%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(76%)Cholesterol 228mg
(60%)Sodium 1434mg
(0%)Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 51g
(28%)Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(68%)Protein 34g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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Asparagus and Rock Shrimp Risotto


  • 4 to 4- 1/2 cups chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 1 Tbs butter

  • 1 Tbs neutral vegetable oil, such as canola oil

  • 1/2 Tbs salt

  • 1- 1/2 cups Italian Arborio (short-grained) rice

  • 1/2 Tbs finely chopped lemon zest

  • 1 lb asparagus, blanched and cut into 1/2-inch lengths

  • 1 lb rock shrimp

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Seasoned Arborio rice with succulent rock shrimp are sure to satisfy any appetite.


  • Bring chicken broth to a simmer; keep hot over lowest heat possible. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook onion with butter, oil, and salt over medium-high heat until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in rice to coat with the onion mixture; then stir in lemon zest. Add 1/2 cup simmering stock; stir frequently until broth has been absorbed. Add another 1/2 cup broth; stir frequently until broth has been absorbed. Continue to add broth in this manner until the rice appears creamy and the grains of rice have no uncooked starch inside when tasted.
  • About 5 minutes before risotto is done, stir in asparagus and shrimp. Continue cooking until shrimp is pink and just firm. Add a bit more stock, if necessary, to achieve a creamy but not soupy consistency. Serve on warmed plates, and season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

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