Ultimate Risotto Primavera

We consulted no less than three great Italian chefs to create this classic spring vegetable risotto. Their expertise in combining the freshest seasonal ingredients resulted in the ultimate Risotto Primavera. The creamy Arborio rice is lovingly and perfectly prepared and ensures a rich and velvety texture. Our recipe showcases a mix of vibrant vegetables, like tender asparagus spears, aromatic peas and juicy artichoke hearts. Every bite is bursting with the flavors of the Italian countryside, making this dish a true culinary masterpiece. Experience the taste of spring with our exceptional Risotto Primavera. Bon appetit!


  • 200g peeled broad beans (800g/1lb 12oz in the pod)
  • 4 medium shallots
  • 3 spring onions, cleaned
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 250g bunch of asparagus
  • 1.3 liters of high-quality chicken or vegetable stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 85g butter
  • 350 g Carnaroli rice (or Arborio or Vialone)
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 140g shelled peas
  • 100g Parmesan, finely grated

Preparation steps

  1. If using fresh broad beans, add them to boiling water, let stand for 1 minute, then drain and cool under cold water. Peel off the skins.
  2. If using frozen beans, thaw them and then peel them.
  3. Chop the shallots, spring onions and garlic as finely as possible.
  4. Cut the woody bases off the asparagus spears and discard. Cut each spear into 4 diagonal pieces.
  5. Pour the broth into a separate pot and let it simmer.
  6. Heat the oil and half the butter in a heavy, wide pan.
  7. Add the chopped shallots, scallions and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent but not browned, 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add the rice to the pan and continue stirring for a few minutes until it is toasted but not colored and very hot.
  9. Pour in the wine and continue stirring until the wine has evaporated, about a minute.
  10. Set a timer for 20 minutes and add 1.5 ladles of broth to the pan. Let it simmer, but not boil. Stir until all the liquid is absorbed, scraping down the sides of the pan.
  11. Continue stirring and add a ladleful of broth once the previous amount has been absorbed. Avoid adding too much broth at once to maintain a creamy consistency.
  12. After 14 minutes, add the broad beans and peas to the rice and season a little.
  13. At the same time, add the asparagus to the broth and simmer for 4 minutes. Remove the asparagus with a slotted spoon and add it to the rice.
  14. Taste the rice to see if it is cooked. It should be soft but still have a slight bite in the middle. The risotto should be creamy and not mushy.
  15. Add the remaining broth and continue stirring until the rice is perfectly cooked (there may be some broth left).
  16. Remove the pan from the heat and add half the Parmesan, the remaining butter and a splash of stock to keep the risotto moist.
  17. Cover the pan with a lid and let it rest for 3 minutes.
  18. Serve the risotto with the remaining Parmesan.

Nutritional Information


Ultimate Risotto Primavera Recipe

Ultimate Risotto Primavera

Equipment and tools

  • Big pot
  • frying pan
  • wooden spoon
  • grater
  • Knife
  • cutting board

Allergen information

This recipe contains dairy products (butter and parmesan). Please check the ingredients to ensure it is suitable for your dietary needs.

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Risotto can be reheated on the stove with a splash of broth or water to restore its creaminess.


  • 200 g peeled broad beans
  • 800g/1lb 12oz in pod)4 medium shallots
  • 3 spring onions, cleaned
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 250g bunch of asparagus
  • 1.3 liters of high-quality chicken or vegetable stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 85g butter
  • 350 g Carnaroli rice (or Arborio or Vialone)
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 140g shelled peas
  • 100g Parmesan, finely grated


  1. Blanch the broad beans in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and rinse under cold water. Squeeze the beans out of their hard outer shell and set aside.
  2. Peel and finely chop the shallots and spring onions. Crush the garlic clove. Clean the asparagus and cut it into small pieces.
  3. Heat the broth in a pan and let it simmer gently.
  4. In a large, heavy-based pan, heat the olive oil and 25g butter. Add shallots and spring onions and sauté gently for 2-3 minutes until soft but not colored. Add the garlic and rice and cook, stirring, until the grains are shiny, 1 minute.
  5. Pour in the wine, let it bubble and reduce until the pan is almost dry.
  6. Add a ladle of hot broth and stir well. Cook, stirring, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Repeat the process, adding one ladle at a time and allowing the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more.
  7. After 15 minutes, add the asparagus pieces, peas and broad beans. Add additional ladles of broth and stir until the rice is tender and creamy but still has a slight bite. The process should take about 20-25 minutes total.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter and Parmesan.
  9. Cover the risotto and let it rest for a few minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.
  10. Serve the risotto hot, sprinkled with an additional grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Health Benefits of Ultimate Risotto Primavera


Ultimate Risotto Primavera is not only a delicious and filling dish, but also offers numerous health benefits. From a variety of nutrient-dense vegetables to the high-quality protein of chicken or vegetable broth, this dish offers a healthy and nutritious eating experience. Let’s examine the health benefits of each ingredient in detail.

Broad beans

Broad beans are a fantastic source of plant-based protein, fiber and important vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, manganese and iron. They can help improve heart health, digestion and energy levels. Including broad beans in your diet can also help regulate blood sugar levels and aid in weight management.


Shallots, a member of the onion family, offer a number of health benefits. They contain antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and protect against chronic diseases. They also contain vitamins C and B6, which support the immune system and help maintain healthy blood vessels.

spring onions

Spring onions are low in calories and high in essential nutrients. They are a rich source of vitamin K, which is important for bone health and blood clotting. In addition, they provide vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants that promote general well-being.


Asparagus is a nutrient-dense vegetable that offers numerous health benefits. It is particularly rich in folate, which is crucial for cell growth and development. Asparagus also contains antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and K. Regular consumption of asparagus can aid digestion, support a healthy pregnancy, and boost immune function.

olive oil

Olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, has been linked to numerous health benefits. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, which may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Olive oil also contains antioxidants that protect against inflammation and oxidative stress.

Chicken or vegetable broth

Quality chicken or vegetable broth used in this recipe provides a flavorful base while providing various health benefits. Homemade broth is usually low in sodium and can be a good source of vitamins, minerals, and collagen. Collagen can support joint health, improve skin elasticity, and promote digestive health.

Carnaroli rice

Carnaroli rice, often used in risotto, is a rich source of carbohydrates and provides an energy boost. It also contains some minerals like magnesium and selenium, which are essential for maintaining a healthy body. Additionally, the starch in Carnaroli rice is resistant, meaning it promotes healthy gut bacteria and better digestion.

Dry white wine

A small amount of dry white wine adds depth of flavor to the risotto. It is worth noting that the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process and the flavor remains without any negative effects. In addition, white wine contains antioxidants, which, when consumed in moderation, can have a positive effect on heart health.


Peas, like many legumes, are a great source of plant protein and fiber. They also contain vitamins C, K and several B vitamins. Peas are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which support overall wellness and may even help prevent certain chronic diseases.


Finely grated Parmesan not only improves the flavor of the risotto but also provides several health benefits. It is an excellent source of calcium, protein and phosphorus, which are essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Parmesan is also rich in vitamins A and B12 and is low in lactose.


With its combination of nutrient-dense ingredients, Ultimate Risotto Primavera offers a delicious way to enjoy a healthy and well-rounded meal. From providing essential vitamins and minerals to supporting heart health and digestion, this dish is not only filling but also nutritious for your overall well-being.

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