I substituted edamame for the fava beans and left out apsaragus. Overall it was pretty good, but I think there was too much liquid. Not sure if that was because of the substitutions, but I might reduce liquid by 1/2 cup next time. My family loved it. I would make it the next time I have lefover ham.
Risotto with Spring Vegetables and Smoked Ham
chocoholic Posted: 01/01/09
sowens Posted: 01/22/09
My family LOVES this recipe! I did use edamame, but it was still an easy and fabulous recipe. I gave the recipe to a friend who is "learning" to cook, and it is now her favorite thing to make.
Swarley Posted: 04/13/12
This is an absolute favorite in our house. I never add the fava beans (thus eliminating a few calories), but otherwise follow the recipe as written. It is constantly requested. The patience and time while stirring and adding liquid in stages is worth it - don't rush!
EllenDeller Posted: 09/08/14
I can't get fresh favas where I live, so I substituted a half cup of limas, lightly steamed. Also never have whipping cream around (too fattening and irresistible) but evaporated nonfat milk worked well here. Otherwise, I made this as written, and it was very delicious, pretty to look at, and kind of special. I had tiny asparagus from the farmer's market and I chopped the ham and onion very fine. Risotto is labor-intensive but worth it! Took this to a potluck and it was devoured.