Summer Lemon-Vegetable Risotto

Summer Lemon-Vegetable RisottoRecipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Reserving some of the cooking liquid for the very end helps to keep the risotto recipe creamy.


4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Total time: 59 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 59 Minutes
Total: 59 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 395
Fat 12.3 g
Satfat 4.7 g
Monofat 4.9 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 10.6 g
Carbohydrate 56.2 g
Fiber 7.1 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Iron 3.1 mg
Sodium 512 mg
Calcium 191 mg


8 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut in half
5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 (8-ounce) zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 (8-ounce) yellow squash, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
4 3/4 cups organic vegetable broth
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add asparagus and peas; cook for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add zucchini and squash to pan; cook for 7 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

3. Bring vegetable broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook for 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in rice, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook until liquid is absorbed (about 30 seconds), stirring constantly. Stir in 1 cup broth; cook 5 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Reserve 1/4 cup broth. Add remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 22 minutes total). Stir in vegetables; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; stir in reserved 1/4 cup broth and remaining ingredients.