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Simple risotto with shrimp, asparagus and Aged Cheddar

Dairy Farmers of Canada
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  • Course Main Dishes
  • Prep. Time 15 mins
  • Cooking Time 30 mins
  • Yields 4 to 6 servings
  • Course Main Dishes
  • Prep. Time 15 mins
  • Cooking Time 30 mins
  • Yields 4 to 6 servings

It's common for artisinal cheddar cheeses to mature in caves.

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1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/4 cups (310 mL) arborio rice
1/2 cup (125 mL) white wine
3 cups (750 mL) sodium-reduced chicken broth
1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 1/3 lb (600 g) large shrimp, shelled
1 bunch of fresh asparagus, (1 lb – 450 g), cut into 1˝ (2.5 cm) segments
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Canadian Aged Cheddar, grated


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In a large skillet, melt butter on medium heat and cook onion and garlic for 2 minutes.

Add rice and stir thoroughly to coat the grains with butter.

Deglaze with white wine and reduce by half.

Pour broth into skillet and add herbs. Cover and let simmer 15 minutes.

Add shrimp and asparagus, stir and continue cooking, covered, for another 5–7 minutes. Remove lid, stir and cook another 5 minutes, uncovered, to allow any excess liquid to evaporate.

Remove bay leaf and add Cheddar. Season to taste, stir and serve.


Note: For a variation, shrimp may be replaced with chicken breasts cut into cubes.

Cheese alternatives: Canadian Mild or Medium Cheddar, Provolone.

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The natural orange colouring in Cheddar comes from annatto.

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Nutritional Info

Per serving
Energy: 400 Calories
Protein: 27 g
Carbohydrate: 40 g
Fat: 13 g
Fibre: 3.1 g
Sodium: 1023 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

Nutrient % DV*
Calcium: 27 % / 297 mg
Selenium: 83 %
Folate: 76 %
Vitamin B12: 71 %
Phosphorus: 45 %

*percentage of daily value

*Note: The daily value (DV) is established by Health Canada and corresponds to the daily quantity recommended for each nutrient. The percentage of the daily value (% DV) indicates the proportion of the nutrient provided by a serving of the recipe, in comparison with the quantity recommended.

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