Yesterday I introduced this risotto recipe when I shared the recipe for Cilantro Lime Pesto featured in this dish.
Inspired by a recent trip to San Diego restaurant, Venga Venga, I created this Mexican twist on risotto as the perfect side dish for your next fiesta or as a main dish topped with your favorite protein or veggies!
When I decided to recreate this dish at home, I immediately knew that I wanted to top it with one of my all time favorite LLB recipes, Chili Lime Garlic Shrimp.
The pesto in this risotto gives it a ton of flavor and a nice creaminess without the addition of cheese, making this a healthier risotto recipe, without compromising the flavor or texture of traditional risotto.
I love the addition of grilled shrimp, keeping the dish light, healthy and flavorful!
- 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 cup onion (finely chopped)
- 1 ½ cups arborio rice
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ½ cup cilantro lime pesto (← click link for homemade recipe)
Bring the 6 cups of broth to a boil in a large saucepan.
Get another burner going over medium heat, and add the butter to a large skillet.
Once melted, add the diced onion, saute 3-5 minutes, then add the garlic, saute 1-2 minutes then add the rice.
Toast the rice for 2-3 minutes, then begin adding the boiling broth to the rice 1 cup at a time.
Once the first cup of broth is absorbed into the rice, add the next cup, and so on until all of the broth has been absorbed and the risotto is nice and creamy.
Add the salt, pepper and pesto, and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes.
Serve as a side dish or serve as an entree topped with veggies, chicken or shrimp.
The Chili Lime Garlic Shrimp I served on top of the risotto was delicious, but if you’re looking for other options to serve on top or on the side of this scrumptious risotto, I’d recommend Sriracha Lime Chicken, Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon, Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers or Grilled Vegetable Skewers (for those going the vegetarian or vegan route!)
No matter how you top it, I know you’re going to fall in love with this delicious twist on traditional risotto!
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♣ Vegetarian Option: The risotto recipe is vegetarian, when vegetable broth is used. Substitute olive oil for the butter to make this recipe vegan.
♦ Gluten Free Option: The risotto recipe is gluten-free. Always make sure the broth used is gluten free.