Asparagus & Pea Risotto

This recipe works in combination with: Broccoli, Potato & Blue Cheese Bake, Home-made Asparagus Quiche, Pad Thai-Style Noodles. This recipe features in these meal plans: Lower Calorie Suppers 3, Veggie Spring Suppers.

A seasonal risotto with asparagus, peas and spring onions.


  • 50g asparagus tips, chopped into 2.5cm pieces
  • half a 70g bag of wild rocket leaves
  • 1/2 medium onion (approx 185g each), finely chopped
  • half a bunch of spring onions, chopped
  • 150g of Arborio risotto rice
  • 30g of Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 50g of frozen peas
  • 4 tsp margarine/butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • Serves: 2
  • Course: Main Course
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 35 mins
  • Price per person: £1.41
  • Store cupboard: Typical
  • Calories per serving: 452
  • 5-a-day per serving: 1.1
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  1. Heat 2 tsp margarine/butter and 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan and gently cook the onion, spring onion and garlic for 6-8 minutes, or until soft. Add the risotto rice (stirring well to coat the rice in the oil and margarine/butter) and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until it becomes slightly translucent.
  2. Add 50ml stock and simmer, stirring, until it has been absorbed. Repeat, adding 50ml stock at a time until the rice is tender but retains a slight bite and the liquid has been absorbed. If you run out of stock just add boiling water, a little at a time, until the rice is cooked. This will take 20-25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the asparagus in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Stir the asparagus and peas into the risotto over a low heat until heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and 2 tsp margarine/butter. Taste the risotto and adjust the seasoning.
  5. Spoon the risotto onto two plates, top with the rocket leaves and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil.

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