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Spinach Risotto with Spring Peas & Mint

This creamy risotto uses the best of spring flavors. Stock up at the farmers market and enjoy!


  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) reduced-sodium Chicken Stock
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • Coarse Salt and Ground Pepper
  • 1 C Arborio Rice
  • ½ C Dry White Wine
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf Spinach, trimmed, cleaned dried and finely chopped
  • 1 Package Frozen Peas, thawed
  • ½ C Mint Leaves, finely shredded
  • ½ C Grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more for serving
  • 2 T Butter


In a small saucepan, combine broth with 2 cups water. Bring just to a simmer, keep warm over low heat. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion;  season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3-5 minutes.

Add rice; cook, stirring, until well coated, 1-2 minutes. Add wine, cook, stirring until absorbed, about 1 minute. Add 2 cups of hot broth mixture; simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until absorbed, 5-7 minutes. Continue adding broth mixture, 1 cup at a time, waiting for liquid to be absorbed before adding more, stirring occasionally, until rice is just tender and creamy with a little liquid remaining in the pan, 20 to 25 minute total (you may not need all the broth mixture).  Stir in spinach, peas, mint, Parmesan, and butter; cook until heated through, about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, with more parmesan if desired. Enjoy!