Risotto with Peas



Serving size

about 1 1/2 cups
30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and leftovers are fair. Reheat gently.

Risotto with Peas


1 tsp. Olive oil
1/2 large White onions (diced)
1/2 cup Arborio rice
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 to taste Black pepper
1 cup No salt added vegetable stock (or no salt added chicken stock)
3 cup Water
2/3 cup Frozen peas
1 ounce Parmesan cheese (grated)


Place the olive oil in the bottom of a large skillet. Heat over medium and add the onion. Cook gently, stirring frequently, until the onions just begin to turn translucent.

Add the arborio rice and stir. Cook for about 2 minutes and then add the salt and pepper. Add the chicken stock and enough water to cover the rice. Simmer on medium, partially covered for about 15 minutes. Check to see how close the rice is to being done and add more water if needed. The rice is done when it is still slightly firm but there is no grainy texture when chewed.

Add the peas and Parmigiano. Add a little more water if needed and cook for about 3 - 5 minutes until the peas are heated through.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

I have a lot of risotto dishes on the website that are complete meals. I love to serve risotto with other main course recipes, however. This Risotto with Peas goes especially good with fish.

Of note, there’s over 500 mg of sodium in this dish. While this is more than I generally like to use for side dishes, the recipe does work for both a starch and a veggie. Rice is just that way – it takes a little bit more salt to make the flavor pop and the recipe taste great.

"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small."

Neil Armstrong, Astronaut