Risotto with peas, lemon & crispy pancetta

Risotto with peas, lemon & crispy pancetta

Photography by Mark O’Meara


Hearty winter meals don’t have to be high in fat and kilojoules. This delicious Italian-inspired main proves that comfort foods can be tasty and healthy.

Preparation Time

10 – 15 minutes

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1.25L (5 cups) water
  • 1 tsp Massel Salt Reduced Vegetable Stock Powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large celery stick, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 330g (1 1/2 cups) arborio rice
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) white wine
  • 230g (1 1/2 cups) frozen baby peas, thawed
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 20g (1/4 cup) finely grated parmesan
  • 4 thin slices pancetta


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Bring the water to the boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in the stock powder. Reduce heat to low and hold at a gentle simmer.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Add the rice. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until the grains appear slightly glassy.
  3. Add the wine to the rice mixture and stir until almost absorbed. Add a ladleful (about 250ml/1 cup) of simmering stock to the rice and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until liquid is completely absorbed. Continue to add stock mixture, a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly and allowing the liquid to be absorbed before adding the next ladleful, for 20 minutes or until rice is tender yet firm to the bite and risotto is creamy. Stir in the peas, lemon rind and parmesan. Season with pepper. Cover and set aside for 3 minutes to develop the flavours.
  4. Meanwhile, place the pancetta on a large baking tray. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until crisp. Set aside to cool slightly. Break into coarse shards.
  5. Divide the risotto among serving bowls and top with the pancetta. Season with pepper to serve.



Good Taste – August 2009

Good Taste – August 2009, Page 48
Recipe by Chrissy Freer


Nutritional information

This information is per serve.

Protein Dietary Fibre
14.00g 6.00g
Fat Total Energy
5.50g 1640kJ
Fat Saturated Sodium
Carbohydrate Total Cholesterol
Carbohydrate Sugars

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