Try this vegetable risotto, then check out more risotto recipes and vegetarian risotto recipes. For more meat-free dishes, try our tomato risotto, butternut squash risotto, pea risotto and vegan risotto.

For more meat-free options, try our vegetarian lasagne, vegetarian moussaka, vegetarian paella and other vegetarian recipes.


  • 900ml vegetable stock
  • 125g asparagus spears, cut into 2-3 pieces
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 150g risotto rice
  • 75g peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 50g baby spinach, chopped
  • 40g pecorino, finely grated, plus extra to serve
  • chives, chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • mint, chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • 1 lemon, zested


  • STEP 1

    Heat the stock in a pan until simmering. Blanch the asparagus in the stock for 30 seconds then scoop out with a slotted spoon and drain.

  • STEP 2

    Melt a knob of the butter with the olive oil in a large, deep frying pan then cook the onion for 8-10 minutes or until softened. Add the rice and keep cooking and stirring for a few minutes until the rice is glossy.

  • STEP 3

    Add the stock a ladleful at a time, stirring, until the rice is just tender (it should have a bite but not be chalky at all). Add all the veg, including the blanched asparagus, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining butter, pecorino, herbs and lemon zest, season and put on a lid. Leave to sit off the heat for 3 minutes then serve in warm bowls with extra cheese, if you like.

Try more of our vegetarian risottos:

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Try our creamy mushroom risotto recipe with zesty lemon. This quick veggie risotto dish is easy to make and ready in 35 minutes.

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Vegan risotto

Fennel, courgette, peas and parsley make for a wonderfully green risotto. This one is flavoured with a little nutritional yeast in place of parmesan, to keep it plant-based.

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Butternut squash risotto

Indulgent but easy enough for weeknights. This butternut squash risotto with sage will hit the spot when you need Italian comfort food. Ready in half an hour

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