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Lemon Risotto with Peas

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.

Makes

8 servings

Lemon adds a refreshing taste to this lovely risotto dish that's perfect for spring. Sue Dannahower of Fort Pierce, Florida sent us this easy side that's festively sprinkled with baby peas.
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Ingredients

  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked arborio rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup white wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat broth and keep warm. In a large nonstick skillet, saute shallots in butter for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add the rice, thyme and pepper; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Stir in wine and lemon juice. Cook and stir until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Stir in heated broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly. Allow liquid to absorb between additions. Cook just until risotto is creamy and rice is almost tender. Total cooking time is about 20 minutes. Add the peas, cheese and lemon zest; cook and stir until heated through. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 207 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 440mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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