Seafood risotto

Packed with tender seafood, tomato and saffron, this risotto is hearty and delicious and makes a great red meat-free meal.

  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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  • 1.5 litre fish or vegetable stock
  • 3 small (450g) fresh calamari, cleaned
  • 12 large (500g) uncooked prawns
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large (200g) onion, finely chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cup (400g) arborio rice
  • saffron threads
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) tomato puree or passata
  • 8 (250g) black mussels
  • 2 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley


  • 1
    Bring the stock to a gentle simmer in a medium saucepan.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, cut calamari hoods down the centre to open out. Score the inside in a diagonal pattern, then cut into pieces. Shell and devein prawns, leaving tails intact.
  • 3
    Heat half the oil in a large, heavy-based pan. Cook prawns and calamari over high heat, in batches, until the prawns have just changed colour. Remove from pan.
  • 4
    Heat remaining oil in the same large, heavy-based pan. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion has softened. Add rice and saffron, stirring to coat well with onion mixture. Cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add wine and simmer, uncovered, until liquid has evaporated. Stir in tomato puree. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • 5
    Stir in 1/2 cup of the hot stock. Cook, stirring, over a medium heat until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring between each addition, until all but 1/2 cup of the stock has been absorbed (this step should take about 20 minutes). Stir in remaining stock and mussels. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until mussels have opened.
  • 6
    Return prawns and calamari to pan with the rind and parsley. Stir in gently.


Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

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