Parmesan Risotto with Garlic Butter Prawns

Made with Perfect Italiano™ Parmesan Cheese



Preparation Time:

15 minutes

Cooking Time:

5 minutes


  • 40g butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups arborio rice
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1L fish or chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup Perfect Italiano™ Grated Parmesan
  • 50g butter, extra
  • 12 green prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ tsp sweet paprika
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze



  1. Melt 20g butter in a large heavy based saucepan add onion and season with salt, sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add rice and stir for 1 minute, pour in white wine and sizzle for a further minute.
  2. Combine stock and milk and bring to a gentle simmer. Ladle approximately 3 cups of mixture into rice and stir, let bubble over medium heat stirring occasionally until almost evaporated, continue to add 2 ladlefuls of liquid at a time, stirring occasionally until evaporated before adding the next. When the final liquid has been added, the risotto should be loose and slightly soupy, and the rice should be al dente. Turn off heat and stir in parmesan, remaining 20g butter and pepper.
  3. Melt extra butter in a frypan over medium- high heat until foamy, add prawns, garlic and paprika, toss quickly over high heat for 1-2 minutes, until prawns are just opaque and cooked.
  4. Ladle a spoonful of risotto onto each serving plate and top with 3 prawns, drizzle with balsamic vinegar or glaze and black pepper.


Risotto is best served immediately after it's made, it can go soggy if left standing for over 10 minutes.