Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lemon Risotto with Peas

Lemon Risotto with Peas recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
This is comfort food at it's best. I could have happily eaten just this for dinner myself. Creamy rice with just a hint of tang from the lemon, this was a hit with my entire family. I served this with some broiled Tilapia and it was a terrific light side dish. I'm already planning to make this again as a main dish with some diced grilled or roasted chicken.

Lemon Risotto with Peas
(printable recipe)

5 cups chicken broth, if you are using homemade stock, adjust salt according to taste
1 medium sweet yellow onion, diced
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups Arborio rice
Optional: 1/2 cup white wine
zest of 1 large lemon
4-6 tablespoons juice from 1 large lemon, adjust according to taste
1/2 cup frozen peas
kosher salt, to taste
freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/4 - 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, Parmesan works as well
Optional: 2 tablespoons butter

Warm 5 cups of chicken broth and set aside. Warm the olive oil over medium low heat. Add the onion and saute until tender. Add the rice and saute it for a few minutes until it begins to look clear. Add a splash of wine if desired and saute until it is fully absorbed.

Continue cooking over medium low heat, slowly adding the warm broth 1/2 a cup at a time. Stirring until the liquid is completely absorbed each time, before adding more. Start checking the rice to see if it is done after about 20-25 minutes.

When the rice is softened, add the lemon and peas and remove from the heat. I added the peas frozen; the risotto thawed and warmed them in minutes. Stir in the cheese and top with butter if desired. Taste the risotto and adjust seasonings as desired.

Lemon Risotto with Peas recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

13 comments:

  1. So simple but Arborio rice does the trick;))

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  2. Lemon and peas star in my favorite pasta, so this sounds great to me. I like the idea of adding in some meat, since I would hate to go to all the trouble of risotto and still have to cook a main dish. Chicken sounds perfect...or shrimp?

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  3. Mmm I LOVE risotto and the lemony tang combined with the sorta sweet peas sounds so delicious! The perfect comfort food.

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  4. I have never heard or nor tried lemon risotto, it sounds awesome for sure. Now its gotten me curious. I just had rice for lunch and starting to think of food again!

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  5. Yum this looks really good! I've done allot of risotto combos but never peas and lemon. I'll have to save this recipe!

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  6. Yum! I love risotto and peas together! One of my favorite meals. Pair it with some chicken and a glass of Pinot, and I am a happy camper! :)

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  7. Hi lovely lady. This does look like pure comfort food. I love risotto. I only wish you could come over and make it for me ;-) Thank you for sharing another of your delicious treats. I'm drooling. I hope you are having a lovely day full of laughter and love. Many blessings from Austin, my friend.

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  8. This dish loves delicious. Great comfort food.

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  9. I have been wanting to try making risotto for a long time! I think I have the perfect starter recipe thanks to you!!! YUM!

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  10. Such awesome and clean flavors..........
    Yummmm....

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  11. Mmm...this sounds really comforting and flavorful. We haven't done risotto in a long time, I might have to try this one.

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