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Basic Risotto with Peas

Basic Risotto with Peas - this is my spin on a classic Italian rice dish made with broth, wine, parmesan cheese, and sweet bursts of green peas. This creamy dish is such a simple and delicious recipe that can be enjoyed as a side, or on its own. It's so comforting!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Nicole Beaulieu


  • 5 1/4 cups beef broth no salt
  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion large
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2/3 cup red wine
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio or short-grain rice
  • 3/4 cup peas frozen
  • 2/3 cup parmesan grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste


  • In a pot, bring the beef broth up to a gentle simmer. Turn the heat down to low.
  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the olive oil. Saute the onions until softened and slightly browned. Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds. Add the rice and wine, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed. About 1-2 minutes. 
  • Ladle the hot broth from your pot into the sauce pan until the rice is covered. Stir well, cover with a lid, and reduce the heat to low. Let the rice cook for about 5 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed. Continue to add the broth by cupfulls, stirring often, until all the broth has been used and the rice is tender and creamy.
  • Add the peas and parmesan and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.


Any type of red wine will work for this recipe. If you don't want to use wine, use an extra 2/3 cup of broth instead.
You should be able to find Arborio rice at your local grocery store. I've never had an issue finding it, however if you're having trouble finding some then any short grain rice will work
Make sure to season your risotto at the very end. The parmesan has plenty of salt in it, and the dish may end up over salted if seasoned before the cheese.
Nutritional information is an estimate and can vary depending on the products used.
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Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.4g | Protein: 8.7g | Fat: 11.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 1.8g | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 0.9mg