If you're looking for your new favourite midweek meal, look no further! This asparagus and pea risotto has just a hint of lemon, making it super fresh, light, and perfect to eat in the summer. Happy cooking!


  • 600ml Chicken or vegetable stock
  • 25g Butter
  • 4 Spring onions finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves crushed and chopped
  • ½ Green chilli deseeded and finely chopped
  • 150g Arborio rice
  • ½ a glass of white wine
  • ½ a bundle of (approx. 125g) asparagus
  • 100g Peas
  • 2tbsp Parmesan grated
  • 3tbsp Crème fraîche
  • Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
  • A handful of chives


  • STEP 1

    Place the stock on a low heat and keep it there while you are making the risotto. In a separate large pan, melt the butter, then add the spring onions, garlic and chilli, and sweat the ingredients for 5 mins until soft.

  • STEP 2

    Add the arborio rice and mix thoroughly so it absorbs all of the flavours and is well coated in butter before adding the white wine.

  • STEP 3

    When the white wine has been absorbed, add the asparagus spears and start ladling in the stock, only adding the next ladleful when the one before it has been absorbed.

  • STEP 4

    After 15 mins of continual stirring and adding the stock, taste and adjust the seasoning, then add the peas.

  • STEP 5

    After a further 5 mins, turn the heat off, add the parmesan, crème fraîche, lemon juice and zest, and let them blend in before serving and finishing off with some chopped chives.

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