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Lemon & pea risotto

Lemon & pea risotto

Adding the grated lemon zest and a squeeze of juice at the end really amps up the flavour of this fresh, summery risotto.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook30 mins
  • Total time40 mins

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  • 850ml chicken or vegetable stock (made up with 2 stock cubes)
  • 50g Essential Unsalted Butter
  • 1 clove/s garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Cooks’ Ingredients Unwaxed Lemon, zest grated, juice of ½, ½ cut into wedges
  • 200g arborio risotto rice
  • 400g frozen Essential Petits Pois
  • 50g Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
  • ¼ x 20g pack lemon thyme, leaves picked


  1. Put the stock in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer and keep warm on the lowest heat. Melt 25g butter in a deep frying or sauté pan, add the garlic and most of the grated lemon zest; cook gently for a few minutes until fragrant. Stir in the rice and toss in the garlicky lemon butter. Begin to add the stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly and allowing the rice to absorb the stock before adding more, until the rice is tender and the risotto is creamy (20-25 minutes).

  2. Meanwhile, bring a small pan of salted water to the boil and cook the peas for 4 minutes; drain. Set ½ aside, then transfer the rest to a blender (or use a stick blender) and whizz with the lemon juice until smooth.

  3. Stir the pea purée into the cooked risotto along with the remaining 25g butter, most of the cheese, the lemon thyme and the reserved peas. Spoon the risotto into bowls and top with extra cheese and the reserved lemon zest. Serve with the lemon wedges alongside for squeezing over.

Cook’s tip

Add a little crunch

For extra flavour, grill slices of prosciutto crudo until crisp, then snap into shards once cool and scatter over the risotto. Toasted, chopped hazelnuts would be a lovely addition, too.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,721kJ/ 411kcals



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