Shakshuka risotto…

 Yes, you read that right…it’s a mix of Middle Eastern and Italian influences in one bowl of lovely! 

I don’t eat rice very often, but when I do, I want it to be luscious fat sticky grains. I am inspired by a dish of ‘chorizo rice’ that my very beautiful Spanish sister in law makes, and that my equally gorgeous niece and nephew eat with gusto; the rice is so packed full of flavour and so sticky and gorgeous, but alas, also full of chorizo, which I don’t eat. So here is a kind of answer..smoked paprika and cayenne pepper emulate the flavours of the chorizo perfectly. This is perfect for those of you in the cold parts of the world right now.. 


2 large banana shallots/medium red onion, chopped 

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 long red peppers, chopped

1 x 400g can tinned chopped tomatoes

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

250g arborio rice

Salt & pepper to taste 

Boiling water as needed/stock 

Optional extra: 3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast 


Heat your choice of oil in a large pan and start by softening the shallots/red onions over a medium/low heat. 

After 5-10 minutes, when your shallots/red onions look like they’ve started to cook well, add the garlic and cook for a minute or so.

Then add the red peppers and cook it all for a few minutes to ensure that the peppers are also getting cooked. 

Add all of the spices, stir them all through the vegetables and cook for a minute.

Add the tinned tomatoes and season and let it all cook and come together for 5-10 minutes.

That’s your shakshuka sauce. You could now keep the sauce and eat it with eggs and/or added sausage of some sort. 

Or…as I did…pour in a pile of arborio rice and see what happens! 

I can’t tell you exactly how long it took for the rice to be cooked but all I did was keep checking it, stirring every so often, and adding water as it looked like it was needed. 

During this time I added some nutritional yeast; I had recently been gifted some to try so I thought I’d see what it was like. It added a nice slight cheese flavour, but it would also have been good without it.  

How wonderfully sticky does that look??? 

This was so good, the day it was cooked, and for the next three days! Hot or cold it was good 🙂 

So, who fancies a bowl? It’s worth the journey 🙂
If you’ve got great piles of snow, please stay safe xx

67 thoughts on “Shakshuka risotto…

  1. Anita Kushwaha

    This lovely dish looks like the perfect thing for a cold day. I have yet to try my hand at making risotto. I’m the same way about not eating rice too often but when I do I want it to be really good! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      Thank you so much 🙂 I also have not made risotto before, but it worked well.
      It appears that as long as you have some flavoured liquid in which to cook the rice, anything is possible in the name of risotto!
      Thank you for your lovely ongoing support of my little blog xxx

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      1. Anita Kushwaha

        Wow, I’m impressed that this was your first try at risotto! It gives me hope for myself, ha ha. And no need to thank me. Your blog is a joy to read! 🙂 xo

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      2. Anita Kushwaha

        Nope, I haven’t tried it yet either, but was thinking of tackling it for Valentine’s Day. I thought I’d ask my awesome and talented foodie blogger friends first! 😉

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      3. Anita Kushwaha

        I like your optimism! So far I’ve been told to not open the oven door, but I think I knew that one already, haha. 😉 If it turns out, I’ll post it on the blog. Hope your weekend is going well!

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  2. Loretta

    I’ve never tried my hand at risotto either, but I do so love it. Your flavors and fusion in this dish will definitely have me trying it out. Love chorizo, so might even add it for added depth 🙂

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  3. sallybr

    Fantastic twist on two classics! Isnt’ that amazing how food from different parts of the world can come together? People should be just like that, totally easy to get along and make each other shine!

    what a nice color for this risotto…. I can imagine the taste (I only had shakshuka for the first time recently and loved it)

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  4. suzjones

    Looks fabulous Elaine. Funny story…. I just received this in my emails
    “They say great minds Pin alike, and we just found someone who shares your taste in Pins. Follow their boards to discover more Pins you love!”
    Guess who it is? I’m off to follow you on Pinterest now as well rofl

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