Spring vegetable risotto

    45 min

    Risotto is comfort food at its best, and you can ring the changes by adding almost any fresh ingredients you have to hand. This one uses fresh asparagus, baby carrots and young spring peas and beans.

    64 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 litre vegetable stock
    • 100g asparagus tips
    • 100g baby carrots, halved lengthways
    • 200g fresh young peas, shelled
    • 500g baby broad beans, shelled
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 baby leeks, thinly sliced
    • 300g risotto rice
    • 1 tbsp pesto sauce
    • 25g pine nuts, toasted

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan, then reduce the heat, add the asparagus tips, carrots, peas and broad beans and simmer for 4–5 minutes until tender. Remove the vegetables with a draining spoon and set aside. Keep the stock simmering over a gentle heat.
    2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan and add the leeks. Stir-fry for 2 minutes until they are bright green, then stir in the rice.
    3. Add 2–3 tbsp of the hot stock and cook gently, stirring until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the stock, a little at a time, until the mixture is soupy and the grains of rice are tender but still have a slight bite. This will take about 20 minutes.
    4. Stir in the pesto and season to taste. Gently stir in the asparagus, carrots, peas and beans and cook for a few more minutes until the vegetables are heated through. Serve in heated soup plates and scatter over the pine nuts.


    When fresh peas and broad beans are not in season, or to save time, use frozen peas and beans.

    cook's tip

    There are many varieties of pesto sauce on the market and it is a matter of taste which one you use in this recipe. Those that contain Parmesan are not suitable for strict vegetarians. Pesto is salted so you may only need to season the risotto with some freshly ground black pepper. You could of course, also use a home-made pesto.

    Recently viewed

    Reviews & ratings
    Average global rating:

    Reviews in English (6)


    More peas and less broad beans and excellent results  -  09 Apr 2009


    Really tasty! I did add some cooked chicken to mine and baby button mushrooms.  -  25 Sep 2017


    Very tasty and soooo easy! Can't believe it was so nice and not many ingredients! Had mine with a slice of garlic bread, yummy  -  23 Aug 2017