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School field trips used to have allure.

You would file onto a yellow school bus.  One by one.

You would fight over who gets to sit in the back with all of the cool kids.  You would secretly hope that the guy you’ve had a crush on for the past decade or so would ask you to sit next to him.  You would stare down the girl who he eventually did end up sitting next to.  If only looks could kill.  If. Only.

You would eat your lunch out of a brown paper bag (and didn’t that somehow make it taste so much better than when it came out of your hard plastic Barbie lunchbox?  Why did mom spend money on that hard plastic Barbie lunchbox anyway, when a paper bag truly would have sufficed?  Well, that ends that.  My future children are not getting hard plastic lunchboxes.  Even if they have Barbie on them.  ESPECIALLY if they have Barbie on them!)


Well, let me tell you.  When you get to med school, all of that glitz and glam?  Gone.

Instead, you find yourself on a bus in the middle of east Harlem (on which you just saw two people get arrested, mind you) heading to a sewage treatment facility.

I wish I could tell you that I was making this up.  But I couldn’t make stuff like this up.  Even with my vivid imagination.


And did I mention that it is ten degrees outside?  Did I mention that you are wearing the puffy hot pink jacket that makes you look like a puffy hot pink cotton ball that you probably haven’t worn since your last school field trip.  In the 90’s.

This is sounding more and more like a human rights violation, don’t you think?


And as I wandered around that sewage treatment facility.  My hair becoming semi-permanently saturated with the smell of dust.  (And trust me, I was profusely thankful that it only smelled like dust.)

All I could think about was this risotto.  And how I got to come home to it.  In all of it’s salty creamy carbalicious glory.

It makes even sewage bearable.  Glorious.


Risotto with Bay Scallops Salmon and Prosciutto
Serves 4, adapted from Symon’s Live To Cook

2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 oz prosciutto, cut into strips
1 1/2 cup arborio rice
1 generous pinch of saffron
1/2 cup dry white wine
4-6 cups chicken broth, warmed
12 oz wild Alaskan salmon fillets, cut into small chunks
1/4 cup sliced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp grated parmesan

1. Heat the olive oil in a 4-qt saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and sweat it for 2 minutes.  Add the garlic and sweat it for 2 minutes more.  Add the prosciutto and cook it until it crisps, about 1 minute.  Add the rice and let it toast slightly in the hot fat, about 1 minute, stirring with a wooden spoon.

2. Reduce the heat to low and add the saffron and wine.  Stir continuously until most of the wine has cooked off.  Add 1 cup of the stock and stir continuously until the liquid has cooked off, about 3 minutes.  Add another cup of stock.  Repeat.  Taste.  Continue to add stock in 1/4 cup increments until the rice is tender and the risotto is creamy.

3. Add the salmon and continue to stir for 2 minutes, or until it is cooked through.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parsley, butter, and cheese.  Serve immediately.

This is my submission to this week’s Symon Sundays, hosted by Ashlee over at Veggie By Season!

And remember to send me your entries for Regional Recipes: BRAZIL by December 31st!


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88 Responses to Risotto with Salmon and Prosciutto

  1. Simply Life says:

    whoo, this does look like it would erase any bad memories from the day 🙂

  2. Wow, this dish is such a stress buster…looks so creamy and yum!

  3. janet says:

    This looks so delicious, Joanne! Gah!

    Btw, in medical school we still had field trips! Rural medicine, as they call it. We also visited a first nation community who were convinced the plastic manufacturers next door were giving them terrible health problems. They kind of had a point, though, as I think their female/male ratio of newborns was around 66-75%. Wacky!

  4. I have never imagined salmon in risotto because I would think it would disintegrate into a pinky paste, but since you add it at the end, you maintain nice chunks of salmon. Sounds really tasty!

  5. Pam says:

    Sewage treatment facility?? Why?? But at least you had this yummy risotto!

  6. girlichef says:

    That is creamy and fantastic!! Yowza. I don’t think I’ve ever had salmon and prosciutto together…but I must remedy that situation, because honestly, it’s all I will think about until I do. Sounds awesome. I totally loved my lunchbox…it was a metal Dukes of Hazard one…why oh why do I not still have that? Did my parents not know that I would want it 25 years later!? Sheesh. Um, never got the pleasure of going to the sewage treatment facility, though…darn.

  7. Thank goodness for your vivid imagination! I’m sure you needed it to survive a sewage facility. Love this recipe. I have been wanting make anything with proscuitto lately. I haven’t had it in years!

  8. Big Dude says:

    I’ve still yet to make risotto, but this looks outstanding.

  9. A wonderful looking risotto here, the combination of prosciutto and salmon sounds terrific!

  10. Shannon says:

    That looks out of this world. I was just talking about how I need to get my hands on a good risotta recipe. Get out of my head.

  11. erica says:

    I love making risotto, so I a definitely saving this recipe! It looks amazing!

  12. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Made a Risotto last night with veggies. Yet to post it. Yours look creamy.

  13. Dawn says:

    Wow it does sound carblicious. I have to give you kudos for thinking about risotto in a sewage facility. You’re a girl after my own heart…thinking about delicious food no matter where you are.

  14. this looks awesome! can’t wait to make it!!

  15. Katerina says:

    My sister in law just cam from NY and she told me that it was freezing literally. I believe that this risotto will compensate you for all the hardship you went through.

  16. polwig says:

    FUN… Sewage Facility field trip, Why? The positive is that you can still fit in a puffy pink coat from your last field trip. Risotto looks amazing.

  17. Amy says:

    Wait…what? You had to go to a sewage facility plant for a field trip?? Did I miss something? I would have called in sick that day.

    When I was a kid, I brought my lunch in a brown paper bag. I was always jealous of all the fun lunch boxes my classmates had. So to make up for all those years of feeling lame, as an adult I have an awesome lunch box collection. About 50 of them. Some old, some new. Oh ya. It kicks ass.

  18. Mo Diva says:

    i miss risotto. I have been partying like an office monkey and havent had time to cook… just bake.
    Thought of you two nights ago when after reading your sweet reminder about christmas cookies and dough in freezers, i ran home and assembled 6 lbs of cookie dough to be baked ocer he weekend! How did i let christmas sneak up on me???
    So what i am really trying to say is… can i have some risotto so i can bake my cookies and be happy and fullof creamy goodness?
    I have wine…

  19. Louanne says:

    Medical school and a field trip to a sewerage facility seem somewhat incongruous…
    Glad you had the plate of exquisite flavors to welcome you home – looks so delicious!

  20. This risotto looks wholesome & outstanding in color n texture.Love Salmon ..and ah school days..they were jolly days 🙂

  21. elra says:

    Delicious looking risotto Joanne.

  22. Swathi says:

    These are wonderful risotto, perfect for harsh winter.

  23. marla says:

    So sorry to read that the school bus is no longer quite as fun or glamourous. This risotto on the other hand is a collection of superb flavors to be very proud of. Salmon & prosciutto are the perfect combo – with carbs 😉 XO

  24. Shanon says:

    i used to work at a waste water treatment plant! horrible!

    this risotto is totally my kind of meal. saving this recipe for later. 🙂

  25. You won me over at “…all I could think of was this risotto.” I do have to make it. It looks absolutely succulent. But, I didn’t feel too sorry for you complaining about -10 degrees – that would be Fahrenheit, right? Today, it is -26 Celcius in Edmonton. Snow 2 feet high, and GORGEOUS.
    That risotto would be fantastic after shovelling the driveway. I am definitely IN!
    Thanks for a great recipe.

  26. RamblingTart says:

    What a glorious thing to come home to, Joanne. It looks so delicious – savory and salty and creamy and wonderful. 🙂

  27. When I took my lunch (not often since there were delicious choices on the school menu back in the day), it was in a brown bag!

    I have some smoked salmon on hand and wonder how it might work in your recipe which sounds perfect for this time of year.


  28. what are the odds?? my mom made homemade risotto last night for the first time ever. it was amazing + i am now addicted. this sounds delicious!

    xo Alison

  29. That Girl says:

    This is funny because on my way into court this week I saw a grip of high school students on a field trip. Watching criminal trials and all the homeless outside the court probably wasn’t the dream trip they were expecting either.

  30. Meesh says:

    unassuming combination: salmon and prosciutto but i love it (obviously)

  31. That third picture with the pan in the background is simply spectacular. You have a gift, my dear. Part of your gift is making me have cravings every time you post a new recipe. Though is it a gift . . . or a curse??? =)

  32. teresa says:

    proscuitto and salmon! you can’t go wrong with those ingredients, especially when they’re folded into such a fantastic risotto. delicious!

  33. oh wow! This looks (and sounds!) great -I love the way you’re not afraid to sub out ingredients and make things your own!

  34. Well, I think I would love to see how a sewage treatment facility works, but I think I would enjoy the risotto so much more!

  35. Amy says:

    My dearest Joanne. You mentioned learning about the cause and effect of asparagus and stinky pee, but you didn’t explain. You have left myself and my readers hanging. Please come back. Curiosity is killing us.

  36. Deborah says:

    As much as I love a simple risotto, I equally love a risotto filled with so many delicious ingredients like this one!

  37. Beth says:

    Whoever said medical school was glamorous? On a field trip like that, I’d be dreaming about risotto too! (Did you sit next to the cute guy?)

  38. Pam says:

    Why do you have to tour a sewage treatment plant for medical school? I have still never made risotto… this one looks do delicious!

  39. Kim says:

    Oh no – a sewage treatment facility? That sounds unbearable. I’m glad that Symon’s risotto gave you something to look forward to. I love your idea of using the salmon in place of scallops. It looks unbelievably creamy and delicious. I’m excited to try mine this weekend, even if the scallops are frozen and from the dreaded Walmart.

    Take care (hopefully you don’t have to go to any more sewage plants).

  40. Joanne, what a wonderful risotto! A great cook and a future doctor!!! I’m impressed!


  41. I would love to know why in the word you went to a sewerage treatment facility! Yucky!

    This is truly something much better to look at. It must taste wonderful with the salmon but I can imagine it being great with the scallops too.

  42. I love that you used salmon in this dish as it is my favorite! A nice comforting dish!

    I am sure you looked adorable in your hot pink coat!!!! lol!

  43. Victoria says:

    I love risotto but haven’t made it in SO long. It just doesn’t reheat well, and I’m only one person 🙁 It seems like a waste of all that effort. But I supposed you can make rice cakes after, right? So I should just suck it up. This looks great, I’ve never thought to include salmon, though I’ve had other seafood in my risotto. So comforting 🙂

    Sorry about the field trip. Sounds not so fun.

  44. Julie says:

    I love risotto!! I just made a rice cooker version last night. Although not quite as good as the long version, still delicious and comforting! I love the flavors in this risotto!!

    Okay the fact that you were on a school bus in the 90’s is making me feel really old 🙂

  45. Mmm, the salmon sounds wonderful in the risotto! You guys do go to interesting places. What were you to learn there?

  46. sophia says:

    Wow, Joanne, you really don’t skimp on the good ingredients.

    For the record, I freaking HATE barbie and am glad your future kids won’t partake in the blatant sexism that is in Barbies. I also detest pink, though I think I look good in it. 😉

    When are you coming to LA? No, really. WHEN? Each time I read your post I feel like I wanna move to NYC to be your roomie. We’d have SO much fun together.

  47. ann says:

    Joanne, I love your posts. Everyone of them cracks me up. The risotto looks so creamy and comforting. Delish!

  48. oooh that risotto uses two of my faaave ingredients ever! and ps i so had a my little ponies lunchbox…moms spend money on the most random stuff!

  49. your description reminds me of my sister’s stories about this guy escaping juvie and running into the parking lot waving a gun….at USC. oh man.

    long time no talk! lots has happened. :/

    more like i was wrong. duped by another jackass.

  50. tigerfish says:

    I want bay scallops and salmon in there! ;p

  51. sweetlife says:

    oh I loved field trips…so much drama, sorry about that pink puffy jacket..a perfect way to end a horrible trip


  52. Its really freezing there aint it?
    We had a little cold wave ,but now its WARM , edging to hot , but still a little cool…oh well , never mind!!
    Well coming back to this Risotto is fantastic i know!
    I love the idea of salmon and Prosciutto together !
    And babe, i still collect lunch boxes , with winnie de pooh on them ,and hide everything if i know a kiddie is visitn , coz my room is haven and take away for them:-)))))
    I lost a lot like this {and u thought i was the giving kind:-)lol}
    Another fantastic delite from the Kitchens of Eats well with others …me loveeee…me loveeee….

  53. Barbara says:

    I’m not going to comment on the sewage treatment facility. Cripes. And all your hair smelled like was DUST? Consider yourself lucky.

    This risotto looks wonderful…although I am such a fan of scallops, that I’ll use those.

  54. Dimah says:

    oh wow! your risotto looks amazing!

  55. Ben says:

    A sewer treatment facility doesn’t sound very appetizing, lol, but that risotto does! OMG it has the perfect texture. Now I want some 🙂

  56. Megan says:

    A sewage treatment plant does not sound enjoyable at all. This risotto, on the other hand, sounds fabulous. I made the brussels sprouts from that cookbook and could not believe all the interesting ingredients Symons uses. I’m sure this was incredibly flavorful!

  57. Mary says:

    What a fabulous dish. I love risotto and salmon. To have them both in the same dish is just steps away from paradise. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  58. Hey, that was my lunchbox. And yes, the brown paper bag was SO much better!

    I voted for you!

  59. Julie says:

    what in the good lord’s name are you doing there! i feel like i would have drowned myself in your cinnamon greek yogurted pancakes the second i got home.

  60. Shannon says:

    ooh, this sounds lovely. and perfect with those omega 3s to help you study! 😉

  61. Dude, I agree. There was no glamor in law school but the third grade? That was glamorous times. I clearly need this risotto to relive my glory days.

    PS: Voted on MarxFood! You are in the lead, my friend!

  62. gotnomilk says:

    This looks seriously good!

  63. Peggy says:

    Man, I wish I could come home to this! (And maybe I just will very soon!)

  64. Claudia says:

    Those old lunchboxes are probably worth something now. Antiques Road Show maybe.

    At least you had that lovely Risotto to come home to. From the Sewage Treatment Plant?? Did you observe sources of disease? New methods of prevention?

  65. Reeni says:

    I would of never thought to pair salmon with risotto…or prosciutto! But I absolutely can see how it works in the most delicious way! That is one of the worst field trips I’ve ever heard of! If not thee worst! Thank goodness you had this to take your mind off it.

  66. Chris says:

    I have filed a human rights complaint on your behalf but they have been a bit busy lately. Not sure the sewage field trip/puffy pink coat violation is high on their list.

    How do I enter my post last weekend (http://www.nibblemethis.com/2010/12/fire-roasted-potatoes-and-chilies.html) for the regional round up?

  67. Monet says:

    I still remember missing my 4th grade field trip to the Science museum because I caught the flu. Tragic day. I imagine that you probably wished you could have just stayed home with this yummy risotto! I know I would have. This looks and sounds delicious my dear. Salmon and proscitutto? Wow! Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I hope you have a weekend full of relaxation and fun!

  68. Debinhawaii says:

    I miss the good field trips, this however was not one of them. 😉 The risotto looks delicious-love the combination of ingredients.

  69. grace says:

    i loved our field trips, sneakily playing games of spin the bottle in the back of the bus. good times, but kids probably can’t get away with that sort of thing now. meanwhile, this is an outstanding rendition of risotto, joanne–bravo!

  70. Of course something so delicious-sounding comes from our dear Mr. Symon ;p. Sorry you had to go through that. I’m a cold wimp so that part was enough to make me cringe. Glad you made it back alive and to enjoy this awesome dinner!

  71. School field trips…that’s something I don’t miss at all.
    But a risotto like this with salmon and prosciutto…gosh…I wish you know how much I love risotto!

  72. I love a risotto stuffed with goodies! The combo of salmon and prosciutto sounds awesome.

  73. The Mom Chef says:

    I’m in love with risotto and this looks fantastic (though I’d probably leave out the salmon).

    I’ve also left an award for you on my site. Thanks for being a blog that I enjoy coming to time and time again.

  74. oh wow inspirational for my next risotto 🙂

  75. Wonderful risotto…looks delicious 🙂

  76. Catherine says:

    This looks wonderful Joanne! And sounds delish too! I love the porsciutto and I know my daughter will appreciate it!
    I’ll have to try making this.
    Hugs & Blessings~

  77. yepiatethat says:

    I can’t believe you had a field trip to a sewage plant. At least the smell wasn’t overpowering.
    Risotto with salmon sounds delicious

  78. Indie.Tea says:

    I took an ‘ethnotour’ for my class, wearing a jacket that sounds a lot like yours (it was cold, we were walking and told to wear very humble clothing and no jewelry)…
    But seriously, that risotto would warm and cheer *anyone* up.

  79. Carolyn says:

    Voted for you, and right now, you are winning! Um, yuck on the trip to the sewage treatment facility, I am not sure I want to know why this was relevant to your studies. But a big thumbs up for this risotto, I love salmon and prosciutto and this sounds glorious!

  80. Salmon and proscuitto sounds like such an interesting combination!

    What, pray tell, were you doing at a sewage facility for med school?

  81. Kerstin says:

    Wait, what did you learn there?!? I don’t get it! This risotto would cheer me up anytime – yum!

  82. The scallops version sounds good too. Best thing about this is the color of the salmon! It’s pink and vibrant. And full of carbs. The good, tasty kind.

  83. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Ummm if you are in med school why are you visiting a sewage treatment facility? That seems gross. Not cool at all. Also I love the brown bag. When I was in high school I would decorate my bag each day with movie lines, song lyrics or little comics. When I would arrive everyone look over my bag to see what I did that day…oh the memories…. 🙂

    Now this risotto sounds great too. I’m not a huge fan of salmon (well fish in general) but I’m trying to like it. Maybe if it’s hidden inside carbs, mixed with prosciutto and a creamy sauce I will like it 🙂

  84. Asta says:

    Have to try this one! Looks really yammee.

  85. I am making this for dinner too. Tomorrow. Pasta tonight. Oh and I voted for you.

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