Risotto is one of those refined mysteries only served at fine dining establishments – that is until you make it and discover how simple the dish actually is. This simple risotto is easy to make and comes out creamy, tender, salty-acidic texture and flavor that you’re accustomed to.
Lemon and Green Pea Risotto [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 1 cup arborio rice (do not rinse)
- 5 cups vegetable broth, warmed (you may not need all of this)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon herbs de Provence
- 1 generous pinch fine sea salt, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1 cup freshly steamed or frozen peas
- Chop the onion; it should yield about 1 cup. Set this aside.
- Preheat the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot. Add the onion and sauté it over medium heat until it's translucent.
- Add the dry rice, and sauté it with the onion until the rice grains become pearlescent.
- Add one cup of the warm broth, and stir the mixture gently but constantly until it has been absorbed by the rice. Repeat with three more cups of broth.
- Repeat this with three more cups of broth.
- If the risotto has achieved a creamy texture, skip this step. If it still isn't creamy enough, add an additional half cup of stock, stir it in and add the remaining half cup if necessary.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, herbs de Provence, salt, and pepper. Stir in the peas.
- Taste the dish and adjust the salt, pepper, lemon, and herbs to your tastes. Serve it immediately.
Herbs de Provence is a spice mix that should contain only herbs - no salt or preservatives. You can find it in the spice aisle at most major supermarkets, or online. Some readers have said that they don't like it because it contains lavender. If you want to skip it, feel free, but the recipe may be a little flatter-tasting than you'd like. Other recipes you can use Herbs de Provence in include Grain Free Stuffing, Chicken Pot Pie, and (the overwhelmingly popular) Ratatouille. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.