Risotto Primavera

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Alan in SW Florida

Arborio rice, grown in Northern Italy, is the type preferred for risotto. Serve as an entree or first course. The key to success: Have all your ingredients ready before you start.

Top Review by A Republican Hippie

Excellent, light summery risotto! The lemon zest and mint combination is very good. Husband said it was the "best ever" even though I didn't have asparagus or zuchini and used green pepper instead. It appears as though you could use whatever you have leftover in the fridge for vegetables and it'll still work.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Have the asparagus, carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash cut up and ready. Set these vegetables aside. Bring the chicken broth and water just to a simmer in a medium saucepan; keep warm.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon each olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup minced onion and the minced garlic; cook 3 minutes. Add asparagus and carrots; cook 2 minutes. Add zucchini and yellow squash; cook until just tender, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat 2 more tablespoons olive oil in same sauce pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup more minced onion and cook 3 minutes. Add the arborio rice (or short-grain rice), stirring to coat. Stir in the dry white wine and cook until almost absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 3/4 cup reserved broth and cook, stirring constantly, until almost absorbed. Simmer, adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until broth is absorbed before adding more, about 20 minutes. Rice will be creamy and just tender.
  4. Stir in 2 more tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, chopped mint, grated lemon peel, peas, and reserved vegetables.
  5. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.

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