Spring Vegetable Risotto with Feta

I always (sadly) get a bit excited when asparagus comes into season – the price plummets and suddenly a new realm of recipes can be made.

I make this particular risotto – using various combinations of veg – probably once a fortnight in spring and summer. It’s a great, tasty way of packing whichever vegetables you choose into your menu. I used asparagus, peas and spinach but you could swap in whatever you like.

Some people might have the misconception that risotto is a heavy, winter dish. This is not true in this case. Simply swap the butter for olive oil and reduce the amount of parmesan you add, and suddenly the risotto is very light and fresh.

The Ingredients

This spring vegetable risotto with feta makes use of those beautiful spring veggies that crop up. Anything light, fresh and green can be used in this recipe! Spring onions would work, as would tender stem broccoli, even sugar snap peas would be a joy.

The feta provides a beautiful salty contrast to those sweet spring vegetables. It adds a creamy dimension to this otherwise light dish. If you like, you can swap the feta for goat’s cheese, but it won’t be quite the same.

Making Spring Vegetable Risotto

People often talk about risottos as being a labour of love, but I don’t quite see it that way. Risottos are a slow, stress-free joy to make. You only use one pan, you add the ingredients gently and slowly, there is no mad rush to get everything together right at the end. Yes, you have to be present to add stock and stir the dish, but see that as a mindfulness exercise and you might even enjoy it!

More spring recipes:

Pan Fried Duck Breast with White Bean Puree, Leeks, and Spring Onion and Prosecco Sauce

Miso Soup with Noodles and Stir-Fried Veg

Asparagus and Tofu Pad Thai

Peppers Stuffed with Olive and Feta Cous Cous

This will serve 4 and will take around 45 minutes to make.

Spring Vegetable Risotto with Feta (1)

Spring Vegetable Risotto with Feta

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Harriet Young
A delightful, light risotto with asparagus, peas and spinach
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 300 g risotto rice
  • 1 small glass white wine
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 100 g asparagus tips
  • 200 g frozen peas
  • 100 g spinach
  • 10 g grated parmesan
  • 80 g feta

Instructions
 

  • Chop the onion and add to a large casserole dish with 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Cook gently for a couple of minutes, then stir in the risotto rice. Pour in the white wine and stir.
  • When the wine has mostly been absorbed by the rice, start adding the stock bit by bit, stirring all the time. Add more stock when the last bit has been absorbed. When you have added all of the stock, the rice should be just slightly al dente – taste it, if it's too al dente, add some more stock.
  • Roughly chop the asparagus, then add it along with the peas and spinach to the risotto. Stir well until the spinach has wilted, then turn off the heat. Drizzle over the remaining olive oil, sprinkle over the parmesan and put a lid on. Leave it for a couple of minutes.
  • Chop the feta into bitesize pieces, then stir into the risotto. Done!
Keyword rice, risotto

24 responses to “Spring Vegetable Risotto with Feta”

  1. That’s Friday night sorted, I was thinking of a risotto and this looks delic – thanks for posting

  2. Yum, this looks delicious!

  3. Harriet I bet you didn’t know risotto was my favorite food…well it is…I could eat it always and forever. It is sort of the love of my life… I can never make it…because I just stand peering over the rice and devouring it.

    1. Haha! I’m a big fan of risotto too 🙂

  4. I love making risotto with a glass of wine in one hand and a wooden spoon in he other. I bet this risotto tastes amazing with the yummy salty feta and the sweet spring veggies 🙂 yum! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on Let Food HEAL Your Body! and commented:
    I absolutely LOVE risotto and this recipe looks incredible!!! I’m also starting to love asparagus more, so I can’t wait to give this dish a try!

  6. What a coincidence! I just bought ingredients to make a very similar risotto dish in a few days! Looks good

    1. Great minds think alike 🙂

  7. Thats a beautiful bowl of risotto, love all of those wonderful Spring vegetables.. Great seasonal dish.

  8. Love fresh spring vegetables in risotto… but I must admit, I’ve never considered putting feta cheese in it. Sounds like a lovely idea!

    1. It’s lovely with the feta! (But then, I am the biggest fan of feta 🙂 )

  9. I had a summer “risotto” for dinner last night too, haha! Instead of rice, I blitzed up a head of cauliflower until it resembled rice grains and had it with courgette & feta. Yummy!

  10. Looking forward to trying this recipe – spinach and feta are a great combination.

    1. Hope you enjoy it Michelle 🙂

  11. Looks so delicious! I’ll try it soon!

  12. yum! I adore risotto and am always looking for new recipes! This looks super delicious!

  13. Never had risotto before, this sounds like the perfect recipe to try 🙂

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