Spring Risotto and Risotto Cakes

Spring Risotto with Peas
Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 4 servings


2tablespoons butter
1/2cup minced onion, shallots or green onion
1cup Arborio rice
1/2cup dry white wine
1/2teaspoon salt
3cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, heated
1 1/2cups fresh green peas, asparagus tips, arugula or spinach leaves
1/4cup light cream, heated
1/2cup finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Lemon wedges


  1.  Heat butter in a large saucepan. Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Stir in rice and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.
  2. Add wine and salt; cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed. Continue cooking and stirring, adding 1/2 cup broth at a time and making sure most of the liquid is absorbed before adding more. With the second to last addition of broth, add peas. (Total cooking time is about 20 minutes.) After all broth has been added, stir in cream and cheese.

Risotto Cakes:

  • Make a double batch and refrigerate leftovers overnight. Form patties using about 1/4 cup leftover risotto per patty. Dredge in flour or cornflakes. Heat olive oil in a large pan. Add patties and cook on both sides until crispy.
  • If you like, add shredded basil or crumbled feta cheese to the leftover risotto before forming patties.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 358
  • Fat 12g
  • Cholesterol 33mg
  • Sodium 829mg
  • Carbohydrate 47g
  • Fiber 3.5g
  • Protein 13g