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Spring Pea Risotto with Poached Eggs

Refresh creamy risotto for spring with the season's sweet shelled peas. And though it might sound fancy, risotto—essentially cheesy rice—is usually 
a big hit with kids.

May 20th, 2014

By LeeAnne Wright
Photography by Maya Visneyi

"Risotto is in regular rotation at our house, and we've never thought to add eggs—they definitely made 
the dish a ‘meal.'"
–Danielle E., mom of Simon, 12, Andrew, 10, and Alex, 8, Toronto
Servings
Makes 6 servings
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
  • 8 cups no-salt-added vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 large leeks, whites and pale greens only, cleaned and finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups arborio or short-grain rice
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh green peas
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan (about 1-1/2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives + 1 tbsp chopped for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring vegetable stock to a simmer.

  2. Melt butter in a large, wide, heavy pot over medium heat. Add leeks and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add olive oil and rice, and stir to coat, cooking until rice loses chalky exterior, about 3 minutes. Add 2 cups vegetable stock. Cook, stirring often, until stock is absorbed and bottom of pot looks dry. Repeat, adding stock 2 cups at a time, cooking until rice is tender but still firm to the bite and mixture is creamy, about 20 minutes total. (Managing the heat so the stock doesn't evaporate too quickly is key; it should take about 5 minutes with each addition. Reduce heat if needed.)

  3. While risotto is cooking, fill a medium saucepan with water and vinegar and bring to a boil. Using a spoon, swirl water in a clockwise direction. Crack an egg into a bowl and then gently transfer it to the swirling, boiling water; it will roll around in the water, giving it a nice, round shape. After 1 minute, swirl water again and add another egg. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook for a total of 3 minutes for very soft eggs or 4 minutes for firmer ones; they will pop up to the surface when done. Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to an ice bath. Repeat with remaining eggs.

  4. Add peas, Parmesan and chives to risotto. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese has melted and peas are tender and bright green, about 2–3 minutes.

  5. Just before risotto is done, reheat poached eggs in a large skillet of simmering water for about 1 minute. Divide risotto into 6 bowls and top each with an egg, a sprinkle of chives and pepper.

Nutrients Per Serving

Nutrients per serving 352 calories, 
11 g fat, 123 mg calcium, 223 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 12 g protein. Excellent source of vitamins B12 and K, biotin, manganese and selenium; good source of vitamin D; source of vitamin C, calcium and iron.

Spring Pea Risotto with Poached Eggs

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