Meal 22- Shrimp Scampi with Four Cheese Risotto

“Thank you for not letting me go get the $5 hot and ready pizza.  I wouldn’t even be back home with it by now.” -The husband. 

This gorgeous dish was cooked in twenty minutes.  I would choose it any night over a cheap pizza.  I shout a giant, “You are welcome!” to the husband.  Part one: Risotto.  I’ve never made risotto before.  It was from a box, but it was tasty.  Of coarse, the box was from Aldi.  I don’t even know where I would find risotto in a regular super market.  Part two: Shrimp scampi.  Let’s face it.  Shrimp scampi is straight from heaven.  It can be put over pasta, rice, mashed potatoes (I hear), and why not…risotto?  It was rich and more expensive than the other options, but extremely yummy. 

Necessary Ingredients: 1 package frozen shrimp (I used the precooked, peeled, and deveined…basically the shrimp for the tired, worn out lady making dinner), 2 cloves garlic, olive oil, 2 tablespoons margarine, a couple squirts Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, 1 box four cheese risotto, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, fresh broccoli for four. 

Boil 2 and 1/2 cups water.  Add risotto package.  Boil on medium high.  Stir occasionally.  Wash and cut broccoli.  Steam in microwave by putting a few splashes of water over it and a plate.  Heat for 3 minutes.  Heat a couple of rounds of olive oil on medium heat with minced garlic cloves.  Add 2 tablespoons margarine.  Pull tails off of shrimp and throw them in.  Add a couple squirts of Dijon mustard.  Stir.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Pull risotto off stove when the liquid appears to be mostly absorbed.  Add a couple of tablespoons of parmesan cheese.  Stir.  Serve it all up!

Aldi Price Breakdown: 1 package frozen shrimp- $3.69 ,  garlic, olive oil,margarine, parmesan, and dijon mustard- 20cents, 1 box four cheese risotto- $1.79, fresh broccoli for four- 75cents= $6.43 for an extra gourmet and gorgeous meal for 4 (plus my lunch tomorrow).


About gourmetgotgorgeous

I am a 28 year-old mother of two. My husband and I love to travel to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. We do so by saving our money through the way we grocery shop. However, we didn't want to put our bodies, our tastes buds, or our childrens' nutrition at risk. So we haven't... we eat gorgeous every night and travel gorgeous one to two weeks per year.
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1 Response to Meal 22- Shrimp Scampi with Four Cheese Risotto

  1. Aimee says:

    You can actually make your own risotto; it’s not difficult, but it does take longer than 20 minutes (probably closer to 45). I made it the other night and I always think it’s worth it, but it is more expensive b/c you have to buy Arborio rice. You can find it at the store next to the Minute rice (that’s where the risotto box mixes are too).

    Hooray for the hubby! It’s always nice when they appreciate your cooking.

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