British asparagus and pea risotto

21/03/2015 by

British Asparagus and pea risotto

Name one thing we Brits do best … Asparagus. Hailed by leading chefs as the best in the world be sure you don’t miss out on its short season of just seven to eight weeks (23rd April – 21st June).  This sensational home-grown ‘super food’ comes packed with nutrients, bursting with taste… and a surprising sexual punch! A truly versatile veg, asparagus is delicious in all sorts of different dishes – for lunch, dinner and even breakfast!

Risottos are great because the core ingredients in can be easily pulled together from the fridge or store-cupboard. There is nothing like a creamy risotto with asparagus and fresh spring or summer vegetables. This is a dinner party must-do dish.

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20-30 minutes


British Asparagus and pea risottoIngredients

  • 600ml gluten free vegetable stock
  • 25g butter
  • 4 spring onions, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • ½ green chilli, de-seeded and chopped finely
  • 150g arborio rice
  • ½ glass of white wine
  • half a bundle (approx. 125g) British asparagus
  • 100g British peas
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 3 tbsp crème fraiche
  • juice and zest of 1 small lemon
  • handful of chives, chopped finely


  1. Place the stock on a slow heat and keep it there whilst you are making your risotto.
  2. In a separate large pan melt the butter and then add the spring onions, garlic and chilli and sweat until soft for 5 minutes.
  3. Then add the arborio rice and mix round well so it absorbs all the flavours and is well coated in butter, before adding the white wine.
  4. When the white wine has been absorbed, add the British asparagus spears and start adding ladleful by ladleful of stock, adding the next one when the one before has been absorbed.
  5. After 15 minutes of continual stirring and adding the stock, taste and adjust the seasoning and then add the peas. 
  6. After a further 5 minutes turn the heat off, add the parmesan and crème fraiche, lemon zest and juice and let them melt in before serving and finishing off with some chopped chives.


Healthy Tips

  • To reduce the fat and salt content of the dish try swapping the butter for olive oil and using less and stirring in half fat crème fraiche!
  • Then enjoy this recipe as an occasional choice if you’re cutting down on fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt e.g. for people who generally wish to eat more healthily or people who have raised cholesterol levels or diabetes
  • A good way to get one of your ‘5-a-day’