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Lemon Risotto with Peas Recipe
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Lemon Risotto with Peas Recipe

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Lemon adds a refreshing taste to this lovely risotto dish that's perfect for spring. Sue Dannahower of Fort Pierce, Florida sent us this easy side that's festively sprinkled with baby peas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked arborio rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup white wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 207 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 440 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan, heat broth and keep warm. In a large nonstick skillet, saute shallots in butter for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add the rice, thyme and pepper; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Stir in wine and lemon juice. Cook and stir until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Stir in heated broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly. Allow liquid to absorb between additions. Cook just until risotto is creamy and rice is almost tender. Total cooking time is about 20 minutes. Add the peas, cheese and lemon peel; cook and stir until heated through. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Risotto with Peas in Light & Tasty April/May 2007, p34

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

"made this several times. kick butt recipe, always pleases and easily modified with let over goodies like shrimp or salmon (just add at very end and heat through)."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"This was a very bad tasting dish. Peas in risotta are not a good mix."

Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"This was really not good at all. I had to add a lot of seasoning."

Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"This recipe is fabulous. The issue it came in also had step-by-step instructions. It was great and I now call myself a risotto-maker."

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