Lemon Risotto with Peas


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Lemon Risotto with Peas recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

This is comfort food at it’s best. I could have happily eaten just this for dinner myself. Creamy rice with just a hint of tang from the lemon, this was a hit with my entire family.

I served this with some broiled Tilapia and it was a terrific light side dish. I’m already planning to make this again as a main dish with some diced grilled or roasted chicken.

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Lemon Risotto with Peas

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  • 5 cups chicken broth if you are using homemade stock, adjust salt according to taste
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • Optional: ½ cup white wine
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 4-6 tablespoons juice from 1 large lemon adjust according to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • ¼ - 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese Parmesan works as well
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons butter


  • Warm 5 cups of chicken broth and set aside. Warm the olive oil over medium low heat. Add the onion and saute until tender. Add the rice and saute it for a few minutes until it begins to look clear. Add a splash of wine if desired and saute until it is fully absorbed.
  • Continue cooking over medium low heat, slowly adding the warm broth ½ a cup at a time. Stirring until the liquid is completely absorbed each time, before adding more. Start checking the rice to see if it is done after about 20-25 minutes.
  • When the rice is softened, add the lemon and peas and remove from the heat. I added the peas frozen; the risotto thawed and warmed them in minutes. Stir in the cheese and top with butter if desired. Taste the risotto and adjust seasonings as desired.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Monet says

    Hi lovely lady. This does look like pure comfort food. I love risotto. I only wish you could come over and make it for me 😉 Thank you for sharing another of your delicious treats. I'm drooling. I hope you are having a lovely day full of laughter and love. Many blessings from Austin, my friend.

  2. Licia says

    best flavor combination and terrific with a side of grilled shrimp with a squeeze of lemon! Tonights menu for sure