Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Spring pea and mint risotto

I made this for dinner the other night, I was asked if any meat was going into the dish, (no) but in the end he said it was such a nice dish and he was full up. I just loved every fork full it was so fresh and tasty.

Spring Pea and Mint Risotto
2 cups mint leaves, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra, for drizzling
75gm butter, chopped
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup (80ml) dry white wine
2 cups (400gm) arborio rice
11,2 litres hot chicken stock
1/2 cup (40gm) finely grated Parmesan
 2 cups (240gm) frozen peas, thawed
200gm sugar snap peas, trimmed, blanched and halved
sea salt and cracked pepper
creme fraiche and snow pea tendrils, to serve

Place the mint and salt into a mortar and pestle mix till it forms a past, set aside.
Melt 25gm butter in a saucepan, add onion and garlic and cook, foe 3-4 mins stirring occasionally.
Add the wine cook 2 mins. Add the rice cook for 1-2 mins stirring.
Add hot stock one cup at a time till absorbed, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat stir through the butter, Parmesan, peas, sugar snap peas, and mint mixture, add salt and pepper to taste.
serve then drizzle with olive oil, creme fraiche  and snow pea tendrils (I didn't have these).
serves 4
Donna Hay


  1. That looks yummy! Love risotto, and peas, and mint...going to have to give this a try :-)

  2. Yum! Fresh peas and mint in a risotto is a real spring combination! Not for here now! But I envy you and at the same time I just say: Enjoy! It's the start into a new and warm season! Wow! Christa

  3. Not spring here, but I can do a similar with butternut squash which has the same yum factor! x

  4. We were just looking at risotto recipes yesterday - so timely :) Yum!

  5. Thank you very much for your recipe!
    Looks delicious!!
    In answer to your question, we have mostly
    6 months with snow. But not always, because the climate is warming up here to!

    Juliëtte xxx

  6. One of my fave things to eat. Thanks for the recipe, i'll have a go at this. RE your previous post, it looks totally awesome, but there is no way I would dare do that - I don't like heights! xxxx

  7. Thank you for the recipe. I have never made this before. So I will give it a try.
    have a nice day !


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