Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Save Recipe Print
Risotto With Pesto and Peas
Total:
40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
20 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Nutrition Info

Healthy
Total:
40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
20 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Nutrition Info

Healthy

Ingredients

Directions

Make the broth: Bring 6 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Adjust the heat to keep the broth at a gentle simmer. 

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a wide saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the rice and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until almost evaporated, about 1 more minute. 

Add 2 cups of the hot leek broth to the rice; cook, stirring occasionally, until almost absorbed, about 6 minutes (adjust the heat to keep the risotto at a simmer). Add 1 more cup broth and cook, stirring, until almost absorbed, about 5 more minutes. Add the leeks, peas and 1 more cup broth and cook, stirring, until almost absorbed, about 5 more minutes. Taste the rice: If it is not fully cooked, add a little more broth and continue to cook, stirring, until al dente. 

Stir in the ham and remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Remove from the heat; stir in 2/3 cup pesto, the mozzarella and Parmesan. Season with salt. Divide among bowls and top with the remaining pesto.  

Photograph by Antonis Achilleos

My Private Notes

Add a Note
More from:

Everything Italian

Get the Recipe

Meatball Marsala

Enjoy meatballs in a Marsala wine and mushroom sauce with this recipe.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Roasted Cauliflower Risotto

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Swordfish With Citrus Pesto

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Arugula Pesto Pizza with Zucchini

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Spaghetti with Pecan-Herb Pesto

Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Baked Manicotti with Sausage and Peas

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Four-Cheese Ravioli with Herb Pesto

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Latest Stories