Risotto With Peas and Sausage

Risotto With Peas and Sausage

Vegetables as seasonal as a maypole shape this risotto. There is a bit of veal for those who desire a more substantial plate of food, but it’s optional. For vegetarians, the broth does not have to be chicken. Omit the butter and cheese, and you're in vegan territory. As for the rice, regular arborio works fine though Vialone Nano, the elegant variety that is preferred in Venice for risotto with peas, is my choice for added culture, not necessarily flavor.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Place stock in a saucepan and keep on low heat.
  2. Step 2

    Heat oil in a separate heavy 3-quart saucepan. Add leeks and garlic and sauté on medium-low until leeks are translucent. Stir in sausage or veal, if using. Cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add in rice and cook a few minutes, stirring, until grains start to whiten. Add wine and cook until it’s nearly evaporated.
  3. Step 3

    Add a 1/2 cup of the warm stock and the peas. Stir and cook at a steady simmer until the stock has nearly evaporated. Add another 1/2 cup of the stock, stir from time to time until it’s nearly evaporated. Keep this up until the rice is almost al dente, the peas are tender and there’s only a little stock left. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Fold in lemon zest and remaining stock; the result should be creamy. Cook another minute or two. Fold in butter.
  4. Step 4

    Divide risotto among 4 to 6 shallow soup plates. Top each portion with cheese and chives. Serve.