Spring means bright, fresh flavors – and that’s what this Lemony Risotto with Peas is bringing!
Lemony Risotto with Peas is also bringing creamy, cheesy comfort-food goodness – which, as I’m writing this during the time of the COVID-19 global pandemic, is something we very much need right now. Lemony Risotto with Peas is a hug in a bowl – and who couldn’t use a hug right now?
Preparing this risotto also offers up a little meditation time, which is another thing many of us could use right now. Risotto-making, with all of its ladling, watching, and stirring, requires you to be present. It’s also much easier a task than you might think, if you’ve never made risotto. Here are some tips that have helped me:
If you end up loving this risotto and want to continue the cooking trend, check out A Cookable Feast’s archives for more risotto recipes (it’s kind of one of my favorite recipes to create!).
Here’s to finding ways to add vibrancy to every day. On to the recipe!
Lemon and green peas sunny up this rich, creamy risotto.
Add the onion, garlic, and oil to a pot over medium heat. Sauté until the onions have softened and started to become translucent, about four minutes.
Add the rice to the pot and let it toast for a minute or two.
Stir in the white wine and give the rice a minute or two to absorb it before adding the first ladleful of stock. Monitor the risotto, stirring frequently, and add another ladleful of stock to it once the rice has absorbed the first one. Each ladleful should be about three to five minutes apart.
Continue the ladling-and-stirring process, reducing heat as needed, until the risotto is nice and creamy. You'll know the risotto is done when the rice is cooked and the risotto has a creamy consistency that yields easily to a spoon but is not watery. This should take a half hour or less. You may find that you don't use all of the stock to get your risotto where you want it – and that's totally OK!
Mix in the lemon juice, then the Parmesan, then the salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the peas . . . and you're done! You have a luxurious meal to savor solo or share with family and friends.