8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 2 medium leeks)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup uncooked Arborio rice or other medium-grain rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 ounces diced cooked ham (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
How to Make It
Bring broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm.
Cook peas in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.
3, Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek to pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in rice; cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes total). Add ham to pan; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in peas, cheese, and pepper.
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Sorry, it does have potential, but that potential involves NO SUGAR SNAP PEAS. I love sugar snap peas, and they simply didn't work. I would sub in broccoli, asparagus, or even regular peas. The sugar snap peas didn't mesh with the other flavors and detracted from the overall flavor. Everything else was fine-good basic risotto recipe.
This was wonderful. My husband made it for my birthday & it was hard to keep from eating it all. Aside from the constant stirring a risotto needs, this is a simple recipe with very lovely results that I wouldn't hesitate to make for company. It's also not the usual way to use leftover ham, since everyone gets tired of sandwiches.
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