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  • Serves: 4 Servings

Sweet Pea Risotto with Saffron

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Category: Main Dish, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Rice

 Ingredients List

  • 5 c Vegetable stock; (homemade
  • -or low-sodium canned broth)
  • 6 Sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 tb Fresh mint minced leaves for
  • -garnish; reserved
  • 6 Sprigs parsley
  • 2 tb Parsley minced leaves for
  • -garnish; reserved
  • 2 tb Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c Minced shallots
  • 1 1/4 c Superfino or arborio rice
  • 1 ts Loosely packed saffron
  • -threads
  • 1/2 c Dry white wine
  • 2 ts Finely grated fresh lemon
  • -zest
  • Salt and freshly ground
  • -pepper
  • 1 c Sweet peas; (cooked)
  • 1/3 c Freshly grated
  • -Parmigiano-Reggiano plus
  • -additional for the table
  • 2 ts Fresh lemon juice


Serves 4 to 6. Bring the stock to a full boil in a saucepan, add the mint
and parsley sprigs, reserving the chopped herbs for garnish; reduce heat
and keep the stock at a bare simmer.

Heat the oil in a heavy 2 to 3 quart saucepan and cook the shallots over
moderate heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until soft, but not
browned (about 8 minutes). Stir in the rice and saffron and cook, stirring
constantly, until the edges of the rice become translucent, about 5
minutes. Add the wine and lemon zest, and cook, stirring constantly, until
the wine is absorbed, about 3 minutes.

Remove the herb sprigs from the stock. Add about 1/2 cup of the simmering
stock to the rice, and cook, stirring constantly, until all the stock is
absorbed. Continue adding stock, about 1/2 cup at a time, and cooking,
stirring constantly and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the
next, until the rice is a dente, about 20 to 25 minutes; season with salt
and pepper about halfway through the cooking. With the last addition of
stock, gently fold in the peas.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheese and lemon juice with
about 1 tablespoon of the parsley and one tablespoon of the mint. Serve
immediately, garnished with the remaining chopped herbs and pass additional

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