Brown Rice Risotto with Lemon and Fresh Peas

This version of risotto boasts a refreshing lemon tang complemented with seasonal spring and summer ingredients. Short grain brown rice gives this dish a slightly chewy texture and nuttier flavour than traditional risotto – a happy delight for tastebuds. Leftovers make for an appetizing lunch.

Number of servings : 6

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Type of meal : | Main Courses | Main Courses

Special diet : | Gluten free


6 cups gluten-free low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
2 cups sliced mushrooms (shiitake, cremini or chanterelles)
1 1/2 cups U.S. short or medium grain brown rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup fresh peas (or frozen peas, thawed)
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley


  1. Heat the broth in a medium saucepan over medium heat to maintain a simmer. 
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the butter and oil over medium heat until butter is melted, about 1 minute. Stir in the shallots and cook until translucent but not browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Add rice, stirring until all grains are coated and translucent around the edges, about 3 minutes. Add the wine, scraping any brown residue from the bottom of the pan and cook, stirring often, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Cook the rice, stirring often, and adding 1 cup (250 mL) of the simmering broth at a time (stirring until almost all the broth has been absorbed before adding more – this is what produces the creamy texture) until the rice is al dente, about 45 minutes. If needed, add up to 1 cup (250 mL) extra broth if rice is too thick. Stir in the peas with the last addition of broth. 
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon zest, Parmesan and parsley. Let sit covered for 10 minutes before serving in warmed bowls or plates with additional Parmesan and fresh cracked pepper, if desired. 
  6. Tip: Add some chopped nuts to this simple vegetarian dish to boost protein.


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Brown Rice Risotto with Lemon and Fresh Peas
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