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Lemon risotto with spring vegetables

Total Time
43 min
10 min
33 min
This bright risotto is comforting and colorful, and worth the time and effort it takes to make it. It’s certainly impressive enough for your next dinner party. We’ve flavored this one with delicate spring vegetables and fresh lemon. Arborio rice is the rice of choice for risottos as it has a high starch content that slowly releases into the pot as it cooks, helping give risotto its creamy and luscious signature texture. You can use carnaroli or vialone nano in place of arborio, if you like. For an alcohol-free risotto, you can omit the wine and increase the chicken broth to 6 cups.



1 pound(s), trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

Table salt

1 tsp

Reduced sodium chicken broth

5½ cup(s)

Olive oil

1 Tbsp

Uncooked leeks

2 medium, cleaned and chopped


3 clove(s), minced

Fresh thyme

1 tsp, chopped

Uncooked white rice

1½ cup(s), Arborio variety

White wine


Frozen green peas

1 cup(s), thawed

Fresh lemon juice

3 Tbsp

Lemon zest

1 tsp, grated

Grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup(s), fresh

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and salt, and cook just until bright green, 2 minutes. Drain and rinse the asparagus in a colander under cold running water to stop cooking; set aside.
  2. Bring the broth to a gentle simmer in a large saucepan over medium-low heat; reduce the heat and keep at a simmer.
  3. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Sauté the leeks, garlic, and thyme until the leeks begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until the outer shell is translucent, about 1 minute. Stir in the wine and cook, stirring constantly, until it is absorbed. Add the broth 1 cup at a time, stirring until it is absorbed before adding more, until the rice is just tender but still slightly toothy. Add the asparagus, peas, lemon juice, and lemon zest with the last (1⁄2-cup) addition of broth. The cooking time from the first addition of broth should be about 22 minutes. Stir in the cheese and pepper; serve immediately. Yields 1 cup per serving.