Lemon & pea risotto

Lemon & pea risotto

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 2
With just five ingredients this risotto is simple to whip up after a hard day's work, or better still, get someone else to cook it for you!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal477
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs84g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre5g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.04g
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  • 200g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 850g hot vegetable stock
  • 50g frozen garden pea or petit pois



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 50g Parmesan (or vegetarian substitute), grated, plus extra to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • juice and zest 1⁄2 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  1. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat, then toast the rice, stirring constantly, for 1 min. Add 1 ladleful of hot stock and stir until absorbed. Reduce the heat. Add the rest of the stock, a ladleful at a time, until the rice is almost cooked and stock is absorbed, about 20 mins.

  2. Stir in the peas, cooking for 3-5 mins, then remove the pan from the heat. Add the cheese, lemon juice and seasoning, then stir. Scatter with the lemon zest, then serve immediately, with extra grated Parmesan.

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Comments (29)

kirstensmith's picture

This was my first attempt at risotto and my Dad, who is a real foodie, said it was excellent. My only criticism was that it was too lemony. I like lemon but it was a bit over powering. I will definitely make it again but with half the juice

emmas29's picture

I started with a smallish sliced onion sautéed in olive oil with the rice, then a glass of white wine followed by chicken stock (I didn't have veg to hand). I added asparagus tips and frozen peas..My lemon was on the small side so I didn't find it overpowering at all - I actually used the zest of the entire lemon and it added a lovely fresh tang. My mother is recovering from major surgery and has little appetite, but she loved this rizotto. I will definitely be making it again!!!

rockygal's picture

Awesome recipe! Easy, cheap and super delicious.

ambrereton's picture

Pretty good but a few allterations I made: I popped in a small onion and about half a leek which had been knocking around the fridge, sweated with olive oil before adding the rice.
I found the amount of both lemon and parmesan really overpowering- half the amounts would have done (especially parmesan!! I didn't use the full amount and it was still really strong).

Other than that, a great basic recipe- just needs a few tweaks.

shacks's picture

Lovely - used red oion as it was all I had in and thought the coulor it added was great!

nataliasupernova's picture

A good basic and cheap risotto recipe, I found most of the quantities and timings to be spot on, but like most others, I started off frying some shallots in olive oil for depth of flavour, and personally didn't want it overpoweringly lemony, so just used half to taste. A handful of chopped fresh mint at the end was a nice addition. Pretty good!

ms_diva88's picture

Very simple and quick but I'd recommend a few alterations. I used an onion, sweated in a little olive oil to give extra flavour and would definitely say that 50g parmesan is a bit too much! I found this overpowered the flavour and made the consistency a little gloopy, would probably be perfect with only half this amount. I also ended up adding double the amount of lemon, although it does depend on taste- my partner was happy with lemon slices on the side so he could add even more.

cookiewatkins's picture

Really delicious, very light and will make this many more times

debbieharryxxx's picture

Made this with grilled rainbow trout, delicious! Very simple to make if you follow the recipe, I think I cooked the rice for a little longer but turned out perfectly in the end :) I also added some onion - would recommend with fish or chicken!

julietulip's picture

Very nice ... I started it off by frying onion, garlic and chopped courgette in a little olive oil, then adding rice and some white wine ... then followed the recipe as above. Lovely light and summery ... but hubby said a little too lemony for his taste .... but then again, I think I added a little extra lemon to make it to my taste!!! Delicious!!! Nice, light and summery risotto! Especiallyt with fresh peas from the garden!! Yum

ievasaule's picture

This was quite nice, certainly easy. I would put less lemon zest in it, too lemony for me.

phantom's picture

So easy to make, and nice and cheap too - usually only have to pick up a lemon!

julievalighton's picture

This is a real favourite with this family. A lovely fresh tasting risotto and delicious with a seared seasoned chicken breast on top

mcclure_ta's picture

I added some chopped onion and fresh thyme, it was delicous!

graemebruce1977's picture

Hubby is not a cook but he tried this recipe and it was delicious. Great served with roasted chicken breast!

ajlinnell's picture

It was delicious but the cooking time is way out. You say 5 minutes at the beginning but it takes at least 30 minutes. I reckon it took me nearly an hour in all - but it was worth it.

natvy1983's picture

Very nice! I have swapped 50 ml of stock for white wine at the beginning... gives a bit more taste!

suedip's picture

Cooked the rice with some chopped spring onions in some oil rather than toasting the rice.
Also added creme fraiche at the end.

Very good with the additions - think you can overdo the low fat bit - I thought the latest research showed that it is responsible for the current obesity epidemic!

louis8's picture

I have now made this several times, each time it comes out perfect. I have also added asparagus tips (lovely). Is now on my list of quick and easy must do's

charlie87's picture

Never made rissoto, but sweated half an onion and some garlic before adding the rice , as suggested above an it was delicious! Everyone raved and since risotto of any kind is a firm favourite in our house...this one being the winner. I know I can have nothing in and still serve up a tasty dinner!


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