October 12, 2011

Shrimp Risotto with Sweet Peas and Goat Cheese

Thin girls eat pasta too! God bless carbohydrates.

After work, I met Amanda and Mariah at the gym for Body Attack. It was Mariah’s first time taking the class and she did so well. She handled it so much better than I did at my first class. I was just an embarrassment to society. She really liked the workout and said that it pushed her much more than if she had worked out alone. I completely agree – all the Les Mills classes provide such an energy surge.

Even though I live about 2 minutes from the gym, I couldn’t get home faster. I had already planned to make risotto for dinner, and knowing how long it can take, I zoomed across the street faster than Jimmie Johnson. Babe!!

Did you guys know that I’ve been to a Nascar race? Ridiculous. I redeemed myself by wearing J. Crew head to toe.

Back on today’s topic: risotto. It may be a laborious task, but the end product is well worth it. Plus, it’s a bicep workout! Bis for the guys…am I right?

Shrimp Risotto with Sweet Peas and Goat Cheese, serves 4



  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh sweet peas
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 oz. goat cheese


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp to pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute, remove from pan, and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine and cook until nearly absorbed, stirring constantly.
  3. Add broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed before adding the next. When adding the final 1/2 cup of broth, add shrimp, peas, lemon juice, and goat cheese. Serve immediately.

With a glass of white wine, this was the perfect reward after my calorie-torching workout. Risotto is creamy and nutty. The peas add a light sweetness to the dish while the goat cheese lends a savory flavor. It’s comforting, satisfying, and worth all the stirring!

For another delicious recipe, see my Shrimp, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Risotto.

Have you made risotto?

What are you favorite risotto ingredients?

Side note: This Friday, O’Brion’s Pub & Grille of James Island is hosting a Breast Cancer Benefit for Integrative Cancer Care. Charleston Pickle Company is donating a ton of pickles for *free* fried pickles for all attending and 3 canisters of pickles to be raffled off! There will be a pasta buffet for $8 as well as drink specials and live music. Support the boobies!

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  • Krystina

    Goat cheese in risotto sounds amaaaaazing.

  • itzyskitchen

    Glad y’all enjoyed attack! Make sure you come next week for the new stuff!!! That risotto looks awesome.  Perfect level of creaminess. My favorite risotto add ins are peas and asparagus. Delicious. That benefit sounds great. I’m doing the Komen run this weekend- such a great cause

  • Anything with goat cheese is amazing! Well, not everything, but ya know ; )

    This looks amazing!

    Whoa! He is hot, I have never heard of this stud, I will have to watch Nascar more often ; )

    Love you!

    • haha just watch the highlights…the cars racing around the lap is kinda boring after an hour or so, trust me. 

  • Body Attack… I cringe thinking about the time I tried that class out. I was flailing all over the place!

    This risotto looks so yummy. You can never go wrong with goat cheese!

  • Emily

    i think i just fell in love with you all over again. 

  • I’ve only had risotto once in my life.  I loved it, of course, but it’s a travesty to only have it once.  I think I need to try my hand at making it, though.

    We need to have a serious conversation about this NASCAR situation.  Dude, it’s cars….Going around in a circle….Sometimes there are wrecks.  I just don’t see the draw.

    • i didn’t say the race itself was THAT entertaining. i watched it for an hour and was over it.  the people watching is amazing though. plus, you tailgate all day..duh

      • Welll…Tailgating….Alright then.  Bahahahahahaha!  I just got am ental image of people watching at a Nascar race.  Oh, the things you would see!

  • I love the J. Crew. 😉  The risotto looks so good.  My favorite risotto has mushrooms in it.  I’m obsessed with mushrooms.

  • That sounds delicious! Will have to make!

  • well i must be a real redneck because i grew up going to races with my parents. awesome.

  • Right. Up. My. Alley. Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Amanda Fender

    Never made risotto but this looks awesome! Looks like I will be making this one soon 🙂

  • OH MY GOSHHH. that recipe combines like all of my favorite things into one. goat cheese,shrimp, and wine:) That looks so good! I love making risotto! I have made a really good butternut quash risotto before!

  • Totes one of the things i’ve never ever made.

    wait thats a lie, i tried to make a mushroom one from a box in college. it didnt work out very well =) haha! so trying this! 

  • Lauren Spears

    goat cheese recipe and a breast cancer awareness shout-out = the perfect post! 🙂

  • Brittany Greer

    I have a few risotto recipes, but have been a little intimidated by them. I think I’ll have to give this one a try! Love the peas!

  • Mmm… I love risotto! Bacon + shrimp is my favorite combo when it comes to risotto. 🙂

  • Claire (www.dine-and-dash.com)

    That risotto just made my tummy grumble. I want some!!!!!!!!!

  • Fantastic risotto recipe – making me hungry for 2nd dinner! Totally agree about Body Attack too. Fab workout – are all the classes totally uniform? You mean we could be jumping around in unison from SC to Australia? 

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