Recipe: Pea, Saffron & Parmesan Risotto

Risotto is one of my favourite autumn and spring meal options, and this pea, saffron & parmesan risotto is my new go-to. It’s simple but delicious, easy enough for a mid week meal but fancy enough for a dinner party with friends as well.

Pea, saffron & parmesan risotto

So, onto the risotto!

Ingredients List

  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • Small brown onion
  • Leek
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3tbs butter
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups peas
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 cup parmesan (or parmesan style cheese)
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Bring the stock to boil in a saucepan then reduce to a simmer
  2. Finely dice the onion and leek and mince the garlic
  3. Heat the butter in a large saucepan then add the onion, leek and garlic and cook, stirring for 5 minutes
  4. Add the rice and stir to coat with the onion mix and cook for 2 minutes
  5. Add the white wine and stir until the liquid is absorbed
  6. Add a ladleful of stock and stir until absorbed, repeating until the rice is just tender and the risotto is creamy
  7. Add the peas and saffron and stir through, cooking for 3 minutes, or until cooked through
  8. Remove from the heat and stir through the grated parmesan and season with salt and pepper
  9. Enjoy!

Pea, saffron & parmesan risotto

I personally don’t eat parmesan because it’s not vegetarian friendly, so instead I use a rennet free parmesan-style cheese I get from my local health food store. It’s up to you though, if you normally use parmesan (or eat meat) then go for it! Real saffron is best as well, it has more flavour than imitation saffron which generally just provides the colour without the flavour, so it’s worth the extra few dollars to buy some. You can use it for more than just this risotto as well!

Pea, saffron & parmesan risotto

The other great thing about making risotto is that I have to crack open a bottle of wine, so it would be wasteful to not enjoy a glass while eating it as well! It’s a tough gig, isn’t it!

Pea, saffron & parmesan risotto

Are you a risotto fan? Fancy this pea, saffron & parmesan risotto tonight?

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14 Comments on Recipe: Pea, Saffron & Parmesan Risotto

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      March 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm (8 years ago)

      It’s such a comforting meal, isn’t it!

  1. merilyn
    March 23, 2015 at 6:15 pm (8 years ago)

    that looks yummy and pretty simple! thanks liz! love m:)X

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      March 25, 2015 at 7:07 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Merilyn!

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      March 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm (8 years ago)

      I hadn’t used it in ages either Nicole!

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      March 25, 2015 at 7:10 pm (8 years ago)

      My local grocer seems to stock it fairly regularly, but it can be pretty pricey. I think it’s worth it every now and again though!

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      March 27, 2015 at 8:46 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks lovely xx

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      March 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm (8 years ago)

      It’s my favourite part of risotto making!

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      April 10, 2015 at 11:55 am (8 years ago)

      Gotta love anything the kids will eat!


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