Risotto with Scallops in a Spicy Tomato Sauce



about 2 2/3 cups Basic Chicken Stock (see recipe) , or low-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup diced onions
1 cup Arborio rice
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
2 cloves garlic , minced
1 small onion , minced
2 cups chopped, diced tomatoes
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard , or to taste
1 pound bay scallops

Cooking Instructions

For the risotto:

1. Heat the stock in a saucepan and keep hot over low heat.

2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a separate medium-sized pot. Add the onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the onion turns translucent.

3. Add the rice to the onion mixture and stir.

4. Turn the heat to low, add about 1 cup of the hot stock to the rice mixture, and stir slowly until the stock is absorbed.

5. Continue to add the stock 1 cup at a time, stirring slowly, letting the rice absorb the stock before adding more.

6. The risotto is cooked when it is creamy on the outside and slightly firm (al dente) in the center. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and keep warm. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If the risotto is too thick, add a little more stock until it becomes creamy.

For the scallops and sauce:

1. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the mustard seeds, shaking the pan to keep them from burning. Once they begin to pop (like popcorn), lower the heat and add the olive oil and onions.

2. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes until they turn golden, then add the garlic and cook until it begins to soften. Add the tomatoes, 1/4 cup of the stock and, if desired, the Dijon mustard. Simmer for about 5 minutes for the flavors to blend.

3. Rinse the scallops and remove the thick, tough muscle on the sides of the scallops. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel.

4. Add the scallops to the tomato sauce and turn up the heat to medium. Cook the scallops in the sauce for about 5 minutes.

5. Transfer the risotto to warm serving bowls and serve with the sauce.

Serving Size: about 1 cup

Nutrition Information

Number of Servings: 4
29 g
Total Carbohydrate
58 g
Dietary Fiber
3 g
Soluble Fiber
0 g
Insoluble Fiber
1 g
6 g
Total Fat
8 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
Monounsaturated Fat
3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
1 g
Trans Fatty Acid (tfa)
0 g
45 mg
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
0 g
Omega-6 Fatty Acid
0 g
Percent Calories from Protein
28 %
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate
55 %
Percent Calories from Fat
17 %
Vitamin A
677 IU
Vitamin B1- Thiamin
0 mg
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin
0 mg
Vitamin B3 - Niacin
2 mg
Vitamin B6
0 mg
Vitamin B12
2 mcg
4 mcg
Vitamin C
25 mg
Vitamin D
7 IU
35 mcg
Vitamin E
3 IU
Vitamin K
6 mcg
Pantothenic Acid
0 mg
195 mg
2 mg
346 mg
664 mg
549 mg
1 mg