Simple Risotto with Peas & Parmesan

Simple Risotto with Peas & Parmesan

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10 min.
40 min.
9 servings (1/2 cup each)

This is a delicious change from your ordinary everyday rice for a wonderfully simple risotto dish. With a touch of lemon and the taste of fresh peas, this Simple Risotto with Peas and Parmesan side dish will make everyone ask for seconds.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup (about 1 oz.) finely shredded Parmesan cheese
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HEAT oil in medium, nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in garlic and cook until aroma is released (do not brown). Stir in rice; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

STIR in broth and evaporated milk. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, for 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is tender but firm to the bite (mixture will be creamy and more stirring will be needed as it becomes thicker). Remove from heat; stir in peas and lemon zest, if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese.

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This. Is great and so easy!


- Dixie Burns from D.M. Iowa

Surprisingly good!

Just whipped this up - and I used 1/2 cup of fat free milk instead of the 1 cup of evaporated. Really easy and tastes great!

- Toby H. from Washington, D.C.

Easy aand elegant!

This recipe is so easy to make and does not take very long at all. To rave reviews, I served it to dinner guests recently who thought that I had spent hours on it!



Just made this dish and my family loved it! It is SO easy and yummy! Only used a pinch of lemon though. Can't wait to share it with company.

- ann ferraro from Watertown, MA

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/9 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 9

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 140
  • Calories from Fat: 30
  • Total Fat: 3.5g (5% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g (8% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 10mg (3% of DV)
  • Sodium: 290mg (12% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 20g (7% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g (8% of DV)
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Vitamin A: 2% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 2% of DV
  • Calcium: 10% of DV
  • Iron: 0% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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