Ham, Pea and Parmesan Risotto

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

Very tasty and fresh risotto recipe for kids and adults, a great "comfort food" dish but nice enough for a dinner party. My 18 month old loves it! The addition of the lemon zest keeps it light instead of stodgy, so don't skip it! You can substitute a splash of lemon juice if you have no fresh lemons on hand. Ham can also be substited for bacon, canadian bacon, or my personal fav, cubed pancetta. You can also add a clove of chopped or minced garlic in with the onion step, but I find there are enough flavors going on it doesnt really need it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. 1. Sautee onion in butter until translucent but not brown.
  2. 2. Add pancetta if uncooked halfway through onion cooking (if using cooked ham or pancetta, you will add near the end).
  3. 3. After pancetta is cooked, add rice and stir constantly until it soaks up the butter and pancetta drippings (about 30 seconds).
  4. 4. Add white wine and let rice absorb until only a small amount of liquid is left.
  5. 5. Add chicken stock about 100-200 ml at a time. Give the rice a stir and wait for it to absorb almost all the liquid before adding more. Keep stock warm if possible.
  6. 6. As you add the last batch of chicken stock, add peas and let them heat in the liquid as it cooks off. If you are using cooked ham, add it now too.
  7. 7. Once rice has absorbed all the liquid, add parmesan cheese and fold inches I like to add enough cheese that when you stir it, you can see the melted cheese stretch between the rice.
  8. 8. Finish with lemon zest and stir in gently.
  9. 9. Serve with crusty bread and salad.
Most Helpful

Great recipe very easy to follow and tasty

chudgson May 16, 2015

This was unbelievably delicious! I followed this recipe fairly close based on what I had in the kitchen...using 1 cup chopped cooked ham (leftover from ham dinner the night before, cut into 1/4" cubes), 1/2 c canned peas added at the very end, replaced some (3/4 c?) of the broth with the water from the canned peas, dried lemon peel instead of fresh and 1/2 c of romano instead of parm. I do wish I had frozen peas as I think that would have added to the texture. This recipe was fantastic and I can't wait to have it again!!

ramartin42 May 07, 2012