Pea Pesto and Grilled Lemon Risotto

Pea Pesto and Grilled Lemon Risotto

Pea Pesto Base:

6 garlic cloves, peeled

1 shallot, peeled and quartered

1 cup spring peas

1/8 cup Pesto EVOO

1 tablespoon Grilled Lemon Balsamic

2 tablespoon Pesto EVOO

1 cup arborio rice

4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 cup pecorino romano or parmesan, grated salt and pepper to taste

Spring Vegetable Sauté:

2 tablespoons Pesto EVOO

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed

1 cup snap peas

1 cup spring peas salt and pepper to taste micro greens and charred lemon wedges for garnish (optional)


Combine pesto pea base ingredients (garlic, shallot, peas, pesto olive oil, and lemon balsamic) together in the bowl of a food processor, blend until smooth and set aside.

Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the rice and stir until the rice is coated with the oil, continue to sauté for 1 minute.

Add the pesto pea base to the skillet and stir to combine, continuing to sauté for another (1) minute.

Add 1 cup of broth to the skillet, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Once the broth has been fully absorbed, add another cup. Continue this process, adding 1 cup of broth at a time, until the rice is tender but still retains a little bite.

Stir in the grated cheese and season the risotto to taste with salt and pepper.

Keep warm until ready to serve.

For the veggie sauté, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the asparagus, snap peas, and spring peas, sauté until tender-crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Season veggies to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide risotto between plates or bowls and top with sautéed veggies. Garnish with micro greens and lemon wedges before serving optional



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