Green Pea Risotto

pea risotto

Once again a trip to the local market has to be an exercise in restraint as the bins and tables are bursting with beautiful local fresh produce of all kinds. But I can rarely resist picking up a bag of fresh garden peas in their pods, as the season for these always seems to be so short. I use frozen peas all year round, but there's nothing like the pop and sweet flavor of freshly shelled peas, and the methodical pace of shelling the peas is so calming besides.

Fresh Garden Peas

I've been especially indulgent with the garden peas this year, and although many of them are left around in a snacking bowl, I also like to take advantage of their culinary possibilities. So I combined them this time with one of my favorite dishes to come up with a simple but colorful summery risotto. Studded with fresh plump peas cooked until just tender at the very end of the cooking time, and flavored with a quick pea and fresh mint and basil purée, this creamy and classic risotto is easy to prepare, requiring only attention, and makes for a stunning gourmet way to enjoy the garden pea season.

green pea risotto

Green Pea RisottoGreen Pea Risotto
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Cuisine: Italian
Published on July 25, 2014

Simple and delicious summer risotto with fresh tender garden peas finished with a pea and herb purée

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 35 to 40 minutes

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  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • small handful of fresh mint leaves
  • small handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup arborio or other risotto rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • If using frozen peas, cook for 2 to 3 minutes in a small saucepan of boiling water. Drain and set aside.

  • Bring the vegetable stock to a good simmer in a small saucepan. Transfer 1/2 cup of the stock to a small blender or food processor and add 1/2 cup of the peas along with the mint and basil. Purée until smooth and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook gently, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the onion is soft. Turn up the heat to medium, toss in the rice, and stir for 1 minute to coat the grains.

  • Pour in the white wine and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid evaporates.

  • Now add a ladle of the simmering stock and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the stock a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly, waiting until the liquid is absorbed between each addition. Continue until the rice is tender — this should take 20 to 30 minutes and use most of the stock (add hot water to the stock if necessary).

  • Stir in the pea purée, remaining peas and Parmesan cheese. Turn off the heat and let the risotto rest on the elements for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper and give the risotto a stir. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

green pea risotto

More summer green pea recipes you will like:
Warm Baby Potato and Pea Salad
Pesto and Egg Potato Salad
Spicy Mushroom Green Pea Curry
Spicy Urad Dal with Cauliflower and Peas

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Joanne said...

Very little makes me happier than seeing a bowl full of green! What a lovely risotto!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Creamy and delicious looking! A great risotto.



Stephanie said...

I made this tonight and the flavors were so delicious. I really do appreciate your creative culinary talents. Thanks for sharing! Peace, Stephanie

Lisa Turner said...

Thank you Stephanie. I'm delighted that you have success with my recipes.