Say hello to Lemon Risotto with Pork and Peas … a lovely light one dish dinner that is rich, fresh and filling! Leftovers are perfect for school lunch (in a thermos) or rolled into little Risotto Balls.

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 300g Light Pork Mince
  • 2 cups Arborio (Risotto) Rice
  • 1 cup Frozen Baby Peas
  • 1 med Brown Onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 lemon Zested and Juiced
  • 2 tbsp Good quality Butter
  • 1 litre Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup White Wine
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese


  1. In one frypan, heat half the olive oil and add a little pinch of salt. Add the onion and garlic and saute/lightly fry for a minute or two. Add the pork mince and fry off until the pork mince is fully cooked through and thoroughy broken into small pieces. Turn the heat off and set aside.
  2. In a larger frypan or large saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter and add the rice and the zest of the lemon. Stir for a couple of moments until the rice starts to become transparent.
  3. Add 1/4 of the chicken stock and all the wine and stir continuously until the stock is almost fully absorbed. Repeat this process until all the chicken stock is used - stirring continuously. If you find that the rice is still a little too hard/bitey once all the stock is used, add water until the rice is just soft. Ideally there will be roughly 1 full cup of spare liquid on top of the rice once it is soft. You don't want the rice too soft otherwise it just becomes too gluggy.
  4. Add the pork mince and the peas to the rice as well as the juice of the lemon and a liberal serve of shaved parmesan cheese and the last tablespoon of butter. Gently stir through.
  5. Serve the Risotto into individual bowls and season well. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil and a little more parmesan cheese to serve.

  • oh I have never heard of lemon and pork together – sounds interesting :) Thank you for sharing your recipe :)


  • The best thing ever about a risotto is the lack of washing up, one pot wonders are fantastic! I also love the variety of different flavours you can get. I have a vegetarian one and a mushroom one I make ALL the time and really enjoy.


  • I have eaten many risotto dishes but not one like this with pork. It will be interesting to make it and taste the flavours.


  • Thank you for this recipe, will be interesting if it works for me. Risotto and me not a good mix, might have to leave to my oldest daughter to make.


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