Spring Pea Risotto


Total Time:

35 minutes



I love spring! I love it for many reasons but the main one being that it ushers in all sorts of produce that makes me happy AND it peony season and they are my most favorite flowers of all times. One of my favorite spring items (besides peonies) is peas!! You can put them on just about anything and they’ll lend a pop of color and a burst of freshness which is exactly what I wanted in this Spring Pea Risotto!

Spring Pea Risotto from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Risotto is a long lost art form I think. It’s so simple to make but it requires a few minutes of undivided attention so we often forget about it. It’s not like it takes 2 hours of focus, I mean, have you met me… I’d never make it!! But the few minutes needed to whip this up result in a creamy, cheesy rice dish that can take on any flavor – today it’s lemon and peas! Perfect for spring. Also – side note (since I know you’ll ask!) how gorgeous is this risotto pan!? it’s a Lagostina and the top doubles as a serving trivet. I’m OBSESSED!! You’ll be seeing a lot more risotto over here in the coming weeks!

Spring Pea Risotto from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Fresh Pea Risotto

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1/2 cup dry White Wine
  • 2 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone Cheese
  • 1 ½ cups fresh peas quickly blanched
  • pea tendrils to garnish
  • lemon wedges
  • kosher salt and white pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shallot and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute. Add the Arborio rice to the skillet, making sure to stir it around in the olive oil so that each granule is coated with it, and toast it for about 90 seconds.
  • Add the white wine and stir the rice until all the wine has been absorbed and then start adding the chicken stock 1/2 cup at a time, making sure not to add more until the previous addition has been absorbed.
  • Once the rice is just tender, add the Parmesan and mascarpone cheese and combine. Add the previously blanched peas and carefully combine into the risotto. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with pea tendrils if available and a squeeze or two of lemon juice and serve.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Caroline @ Pink Basil

    Without a doubt, pea risotto is my favorite kind. I could eat it every week. Thanks for posting!

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Yum! But what I really want is the post on what a blasty you’re no doubt having in NOLA! Saw Amanda’s post and the tweets from everyone 🙂

  3. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    I heaved a sigh just reading this post, I guess because risotto is such comfort food. I must stir together a batch soon. The peas are a lovely addition.

    OK, we’ve been enjoying ‘Pea-camole’: http://www.simplebites.net/salute-spring-peas-recipe-pea-camole/

    It’s a fun way to get kids to eat their veggies, and is pretty fantastic spread on toasted baguette or layered in a 7-layer dip.

    Thanks for hosting Spring Fling!

  4. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Aah, I too am on a pea kick! And I am always on a carb kick, obviously. This looks delicious…I just had a fantastic sweet pea risotto at the beach this past weekend, so I’m having no trouble imagining the cheesy wine-y deliciousness of your recipe. 🙂

  5. Monika

    Shelling peas brings back so many childhood memories for me. I will definitely be making this!

  6. marla

    We love little spring peas…..this risotto looks fab. My kids would love it, especially with all that cheese.

  7. Mich

    I am totally inspired by this recipe to embark on the somewhat daunting and intimidating task of shucking peas. It scares me. Tell me it isn’t as bad as it sounds AND that it’s worth it in the end! OR- does anyone sell pre-shucked peas…maybe?

  8. NotCathy

    5 stars
    I loved fresh peas so much.. I’ll surely try this recipe.

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  10. miri leigh

    This looks beautiful and really flavorful. Thank you for posting!

  11. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I associate a big bowl of risotto with comfort, it’s creamy goodness just soothes the soul.

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  13. Kari

    I recently made a lemon & squid ink risotto. So yummy! Love the spring pea idea!

  14. Monika

    I LOVE risotto! Pinned.
    Can’t wait for all the spring produce!

  15. Samina – Clean Nibbles

    I.CAN’T.EVEN!!!! This is soooo good! I’m just here sitting and staring at the screen and trying very hard to not drool! This is a stunner of a risotto with such a spring – summer vibe to it! Pinning, of course!

  16. Sarah | Broma Bakery

    Peas are my FAVORITE spring veg. I remember afternoons spent in my grandfather’s garden picking them off the vines. They’re like candy! Great way to highlight them 🙂

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  19. Crystal

    Made this last night with braised chicken and a red wine vinaigrette salad. Was amazingly good!

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  21. Hailey Shaffer

    Do you cook this on medium high the whole time? I’m on medium low and it still seems like I’m adding broth to it very frequently. I’m cooking it right now

  22. Katy

    I’ve made this recipe a number of times, and it never fails to make me say Yummmmm.

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  24. Vanessa

    Hi, love all of your recipes. Can’t wait to try this one. Could I use cream cheese instead? Or ricotta? Thanks x

    • Gaby

      sure can! just give them a quick blanch to warm them up and then toss into the risotto

  25. Laura Salo

    for the life of me I can’t not find the serving # on this recipe

  26. Britt

    5 stars
    So delicious and creamy! I leave out mascarpone and use 3/4 cup Parmesan instead.