Recipe: Zucchini & Pea Risotto

With Spring in the air and delicious produce in the fruit & veggie shop I’m all about simple dinners that really allow the veggies to really be the star of the dish. I find risottos really fit this bill and today’s zucchini & pea risotto is a perfect example!

The combination of the creamy rice, slightly caramelised zucchini and bursts of sweetness from the peas it makes a perfect dinner, and the best part about risottos is they make excellent leftovers the next day as well!

Zucchini & Pea Risotto

Ingredients List

  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2tbs butter
  • 1 leek
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups peas
  • 2tbs fresh mint
  • Goats cheese (optional)


  1. Bring the stock to boil then reduce to a simmer
  2. Halve the zucchini then thinly slice. Mince the garlic
  3. Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and add the zucchini and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until the zucchini has softened
  4. Remove from the pan and add the leek. Cook until softened then add the rice and stir to coat
  5. Add the white wine, stir and cook until the liquid is absorbed. Stir in a ladleful of the stock and cook until absorbed.
  6. Repeat until almost all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is just cooked.
  7. With the final ladle of stock add the zucchini and peas and stir through. Cook until the peas are tender and the liquid is all absorbed
  8. Serve and top with finely chopped mint and crumble on some goats cheese (or parmesan)
  9. Enjoy!

Zucchini & Pea Risotto

Opening a bottle of wine to cook with means I should probably have a glass of wine while I eat it as well! Can’t complain about that!

Zucchini & Pea Risotto

The tastes of Spring in a bowl!

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12 Comments on Recipe: Zucchini & Pea Risotto

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      September 26, 2014 at 10:39 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks lovely, it’s definitely a good one for Spring! xx

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      September 29, 2014 at 7:50 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks Deb!

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      September 29, 2014 at 7:50 am (9 years ago)

      Me too! I’m throwing them in absolutely everything!

  1. Rebecca
    September 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm (9 years ago)

    Yes I am a risotto fan! This looks delish. I am also loving peas and zucchini and asparagus – Yay to spring! Bec x
    Rebecca recently posted…A Classic Blueberry Pie

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      September 29, 2014 at 7:50 am (9 years ago)

      Yay to Spring indeed, such a good time for vegetables!

  2. Angus Grant
    September 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm (9 years ago)

    This was delicious and made my wife very happy so a double win. She has requested I put it on high rotation. Thanks.

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      September 29, 2014 at 7:51 am (9 years ago)

      So glad to hear that Angus!

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      October 2, 2014 at 7:47 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks Kate, it really is a great comfort food isn’t it!


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