Pistachio Risotto With Shrimp

Rating: 
Yield: 
4 servings.
Ingredients: 

Rice Mixture
4 to 4 1/2 cups Hot broth
4 tablespoons Butter
2 to 3 Medium shallots, minced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice (short-grained Italian rice)
Shrimp Mixture
1 tablespoon Butter
1/2 pound Medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons Mixed chopped fresh herbs
(sage and tarragon work well)
1/2 cup Dry marsala or white wine
3/4 cup Natural American pistachios

Instructions: 

Melt the 4 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and sauté the shallots until limp but not brown. Add rice and stir to coat well with butter.
Begin adding broth in 1/2 cup measures. Lower heat to a low simmer. Stir until liquid is absorbed before each new addition. Continue cooking and stirring until risotto is firm but tender to the bite, and a creamy sauce has formed. This should take 40 to 45 minutes.
When the risotto is nearly done, prepare the shrimp: Sauté shrimp in 1 tablespoon butter until pink. Stir in herbs, marsala and pistachios. Add to risotto; mix well and serve immediately.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!