To make the pesto combine all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until a paste is formed and set aside.
Using a saucepot, combine the rice and the butter and mix well over medium heat. Cook it stirring until a roasted aroma develops. Add the liquid in several additions, stirring the rice frequently. Cook the risotto until the rice is al dente, and most of the liquid is absorbed, it should take about 20 minutes. The texture should be creamy.
Add the pesto to the risotto and mix well. Cook another minute.
Saute the shrimp in olive oil until pink and tails are curled, about 3 to 5 minutes. To serve, plate the risotto in the center of the plate and top with the shrimp.
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
Recipe courtesy of Ed Brown, Ace Restaurant, US Open