Pesto Risotto

I put risotto, Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto to be specific, on the menu for our first week in VA, and I was SO excited to have it for dinner!  Ever since doing food tasting for our wedding, I have been in awe of the creamy, delicious-ness that is risotto!  The caterer brought out this rich and luscious butternut squash risotto, and I was sold on both the caterer and this amazing food called risotto I had never tried before.

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Every day, that first week in VA, we had different errands to run.  In an effort to save time, I opted out of going to a grocery store for food and grabbed what we needed at Target, which had everything on our grocery list, except for one thing – sun-dried tomatoes!

Luckily the draw of risotto beat the lack of sun-dried tomatoes.  I began making risotto with no idea what the end result would be… adding a few vegetables here, some pesto there… and voila! Pesto Risotto came to be!

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  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen broccoli
  • 1/4 cup pesto (add up to 1/2 cup for a stronger flavor)


Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a small pan.  Once it boils, cover it and move it to a cool burner.

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Pour olive oil into a large hot pot, and saute onion and garlic for 3 minutes.  Add rice and stir for 3 minutes.  Add wine and stir, until almost absorbed, about 2 minutes.  Add hot vegetable broth, 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly.

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After the first cup of broth has almost been absorbed, mix in frozen peas and broccoli with 1 more cup of broth.   When the liquid is almost absorbed, add another cup of broth, until all of the broth is gone – don’t forget to keep stirring!

Once all of the broth has been mixed in, remove pot from heat and mix in pesto.  Allow the risotto to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Serves 4-6

Prep time: 30 minutes – 40 minutes active


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One thought on “Pesto Risotto

  1. adanelz6 April 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Way to combine two of the best things around – risotto and pesto ❤

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