As March ushers in the first whispers of spring, our kitchens can reflect the seasonal transition. Our Spring Pea and Mint Risotto is like a breath of fresh air after a long winter, combining the warmth of risotto with the crisp, fresh flavors of spring peas and mint.

Why This Recipe is a March Must-Try

  • 🌱 Fresh Spring Peas: Symbolic of spring’s start, offering sweetness and a bright green hue.
  • 🍃 Mint: Adds a refreshing burst of flavor, enhancing the dish’s freshness.
  • 🍚 Creamy Risotto: Provides a comforting, hearty base, perfect for the still-chilly evenings.

Ingredients and Where to Shop in Indianapolis

Ingredients List

  • Arborio Rice: The star of any risotto, with its creamy texture.
  • Fresh or Frozen Peas: For that pop of sweetness and color.
  • Fresh Mint: For a refreshing flavor contrast.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Adds a savory depth.
  • Vegetable Stock: Keeps the dish light and vegetarian-friendly.
  • White Wine: For cooking the risotto and adding a rich flavor.
  • Onion & Garlic: The flavor foundation.

Local Shopping Spots

  • Goose The Market: Great for high-quality, artisanal ingredients like Parmesan.
  • Broad Ripple Farmers Market: For the freshest local peas and mint when in season.
  • Market District: A one-stop shop for Arborio rice, vegetable stock, and more.

Detailed Cooking Instructions

1. Preparing the Base (5 minutes)

  • Finely chop one small onion and two garlic cloves.
  • In a large pan, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft.

2. Cooking the Risotto (25 minutes)

  • Add 1 cup Arborio rice to the pan, stirring to coat in the oil.
  • Pour in ½ cup white wine, stirring until absorbed.
  • Gradually add 4 cups of warm vegetable stock, one cup at a time, allowing the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more.
  • Stir continuously for about 20 minutes, until the rice is creamy and al dente.

3. Adding the Peas and Mint (5 minutes)

  • Add 1 cup of peas (fresh or thawed if frozen) to the risotto in the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  • Stir in a handful of chopped fresh mint and ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serving

  • Serve the risotto warm, garnished with extra Parmesan and mint leaves.

Conclusion

This Spring Pea and Mint Risotto not only tastes like spring but also brings the vibrant colors of the season to your table. It’s a perfect dish to celebrate the start of March, offering both the comfort of a winter meal and the fresh flavors of spring. Enjoy this delightful risotto as we welcome the new season!