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Ramp Risotto with Lemon & Hazelnuts

Points® value
Total Time
55 min
30 min
25 min
Ramps are wild onions harvested in North America in late April through early summer. If you can’t find any, swap scallions in their place.


Fresh ramps

6 oz, trimmed (or trimmed scallion greens)

Olive oil

2 tsp(s)

Fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth

6 cup(s)

Uncooked leek

1 medium, trimmed, halved, sliced (white & light green parts only)


1 clove(s), large, chopped

Fresh thyme

1 tsp(s), chopped, plus 2 sprigs

Kosher salt

½ tsp(s), (plus extra to taste)

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s), freshly ground (plus extra to taste)

Uncooked arborio rice

1½ cup(s)

White wine

cup(s), dry variety

Light cream cheese

1 tbsp(s)

Lemon zest

1 tsp(s), grated

Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

¼ cup(s), finely grated

Whole hazelnuts

¼ cup(s), toasted, chopped (1 1/2 oz)


2 tbsp(s), chopped


  1. Set out a medium bowl of ice water.
  2. Bring salted water to a boil in a medium Dutch oven. Add ramps (or scallions) and cook until just wilted and bright green, 1 minute; transfer with slotted spoon to ice water to stop cooking, 2-3 minutes. Drain; squeeze out any extra moisture.
  3. In a blender, puree ramps (or scallions) and 1 tsp oil until smooth; set aside.
  4. Heat broth in a medium saucepan over very low heat; keep warm while you prepare risotto.
  5. Heat remaining 1 tsp oil in the Dutch oven over medium heat; add leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, 2 minutes. Add garlic, chopped thyme and thyme sprigs, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute more. Add rice; cook, stirring, until it toasts slightly, 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring until it is fully absorbed, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add 1 c warm broth to Dutch oven; cook, stirring constantly, until rice almost fully absorbs broth. Continue adding broth, 1 cup at a time, until all has been added, and rice is tender but still slightly al dente, 20 minutes.
  7. Stir in ramp (or scallion) puree, cream cheese and lemon zest; season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove thyme sprigs, then serve sprinkled with Parmesan, nuts and chives.
  8. Serving size: 1 c


While classic risotto is loaded with cheese, this one is loaded with ramp flavor because the ramp puree is stirred in – it’s a perfect way to cut fat without sacrificing flavor.