Summer Risotto with Asparagus and Peas

Summer Risotto with Asparagus

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Hello, fellow food enthusiasts and lovers of seasonal delights! Are you ready to savor the vibrant flavors of summer in a single, delectable dish? Get ready to indulge in the exquisite flavors of “Summer Risotto with Asparagus and Peas.” This tantalizing recipe will transport you to sun-kissed days and breezy evenings, capturing the essence of the season in every delightful bite.

Greetings, dear readers! Today, I am thrilled to share with you a recipe that celebrates the bounty of summer produce and the artistry of Italian cuisine. Imagine a creamy and velvety risotto, delicately infused with the vibrant hues and fresh flavors of asparagus and peas. This Summer Risotto with Asparagus and Peas is the epitome of seasonal perfection. A dish that embodies the essence of summer and brings joy to the table.

The inspiration of summer risotto

The inspiration for this recipe came from the desire to create a dish that would showcase the beauty and flavors of summer’s finest ingredients. Asparagus, with its crisp texture and delicate taste, pairs harmoniously with the sweetness of peas. Creating a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate. The risotto, prepared with love and attention, serves as the perfect canvas for these seasonal stars to shine.

By using fresh, local ingredients, we not only enhance the taste but also support local farmers and embrace the sustainable ethos of farm-to-table cooking. This Summer Risotto with Asparagus and Peas is a celebration of the vibrant produce that graces our tables during the sunny months, inviting us to savor the season’s gifts.

So, my dear readers, without further ado, let’s dive into the recipe for this Summer Risotto with Asparagus and Peas. Get ready to experience the magic of the season in a dish that brings together the richness of creamy risotto, the freshness of asparagus and peas, and the aromatic symphony of herbs and spices.

Cooking Time: 30′ | Serves: 4


  • 1 l vegetable stock
  • 10 asparagus spears, trimmed (trimmings kept) and each spear sliced into 4
  • 500 g peas in the pod, (pods kept)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 250 g risotto rice
  • 3 tbsp white wine
  • small handful of freshly grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
  • small handful of rocket and a few parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) shavings, to serve


  1. Simmer the stock for 10 minutes with the asparagus trimmings and pea pods. These will intensify the flavour. Strain into a jug.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a shallow pan. Add the onion and fry for 5-6 minutes, stirring, until it is soft but not coloured. Add the rice and continue to stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until the grains become see-through at the edges and begin to make ‘clicking’ noises.
  3. Add the wine (it should bubble and evaporate), then 100ml of the stock. Stir well and simmer gently until all the liquid has been absorbed. Now pour in another 100ml stock and stir again.
  4. Continue adding stock and stir. After about 7 minutes, when half the stock has been added, swirl in the asparagus and peas. Carry on adding stock in small amounts until it has been absorbed. This will take about 10 more minutes. Now the risotto should be a little wet and sloppy and the rice tender with a nutty bite.
  5. Turn off the heat, then gently stir in the grated Parmesan, taste and season. You may need only a little black pepper as the Parmesan and stock are both salty. Spoon the risotto on the plates, top with the rocket. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and scatter with Parmesan shavings.
Summer Risotto with Asparagus

Summer Risotto with Asparagus and Peas

As we reach the end of our culinary journey, I hope you relish every spoonful of this Summer Risotto with Asparagus and Peas. Let the creamy risotto envelop your taste buds. While the vibrant asparagus and sweet peas add bursts of freshness and texture. May each bite transport you to sun-drenched days and leisurely evenings spent savoring the joys of the season.

Feel free to customize your risotto with your favorite herbs or a sprinkle of grated Parmesan for an extra touch of indulgence. This recipe serves as a canvas for your creativity, allowing you to make it your own and adapt it to your personal taste.

Remember, dear readers, food has a magical way of connecting us to the seasons and creating memories that last a lifetime. So, embrace the flavors of summer with this delightful risotto, and may it be a reminder to savor the simple pleasures that each season brings.

Until we meet again, happy cooking and may your kitchen be filled with the vibrant colors and enticing aromas of summer. Bon appétit!

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