Italian Sweet Pea Risotto Recipe

Bowl of pumpkin risotto with peas, close-up
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 - 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
348 Calories
17g Fat
33g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 - 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 348
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 13g
Calcium 319mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This pea risotto is made with sweet green peas and prosciutto for a classic variation on the traditional Italian risotto. Risotto is prepared with a variety of starchy, short-grained rice called arborio rice. The procedure for making it involves stirring hot stock into the uncooked rice a ladleful at a time and cooking slowly as the stock is absorbed. This technique, known as the risotto method, releases the arborio's natural starches, making for a creamy, velvety dish.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups arborio rice
  • 1 qt chicken stock
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 medium shallot or ½ small onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 3 tablespoon​ unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 thin slices of prosciutto, diced
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan, then lower the heat so that the stock just stays hot.

  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil and 1 tbsp of the butter over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the chopped shallot or onion. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until it is slightly translucent.

  3. Add the rice to the pot and stir it briskly with a wooden spoon so that the grains are coated with the oil and melted butter. Sauté for another minute or so, until there is a slightly nutty aroma. Don't let the rice turn brown.

  4. Add the wine and cook while stirring, until the liquid is fully absorbed.

  5. Add a ladle of hot chicken stock to the rice and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. When the rice appears almost dry, add another ladle of stock and repeat the process.​ ​Stir constantly to prevent scorching and add the next ladle as soon as the rice is almost dry.

  6. Continue adding ladles of hot stock and stirring the rice while the liquid is absorbed. As it cooks, you'll see that the rice will take on a creamy consistency as it begins to release its natural starches.

  7. Continue adding stock, a ladle at a time, for 20 to 30 minutes or until the grains are tender but still firm to the bite, without being crunchy. If you run out of stock and the risotto still isn't done, you can finish the cooking using hot water. Just add the water as you did with the stock, a ladle at a time, stirring while it's absorbed.

  8. Stir in the peas, prosciutto, the remaining 2 tbsp butter, the parmesan cheese and the parsley, and season to taste with Kosher salt.

  9. Risotto turns glutinous if held for too long, you should serve it right away. A properly cooked risotto should form a soft, creamy mound on a dinner plate. It shouldn't run across the plate, nor should it be stiff or gluey.