Traditional pea, asparagus risotto topped with shards of crispy Parma ham

Pea Asparagus and Crispy Ham Risotto

30 Minutes
Serves: 2
A creamy risotto flavoured with white wine, parmesan and garlic, mixed with peas and asparagus and topped with crispy parma ham

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What you need Ingredients


  • 0.5 bunch asparagus
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 1 onions
  • 4 slices parma ham
  • 50 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 60 grams frozen peas
  • 200 grams risotto rice
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 stock cube veg
  • 500 ml water
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 20 grams butter

How it's done Directions

Step 1

  • set the oven to 165C 365F or gas mark 3

Step 2

  • boil the water and add to the stock cube

Step 3

  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely

Step 4

  • wash and chop the celery

Step 5

  • add the onions to the frying pan with a 1/4 of the butter and a spot of olive oil
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 6

  • add the celery to the frying pan and cook till soft

Step 7

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • add the garlic to the frying pan

Step 8

  • wash the risotto rice
  • add the rice to the onions
  • cook until the rice starts to look transparent

Step 9

  • add the white wine, to the rice and cook till wine has evaporated

Step 10

  • add the stock to the onions and rice mixture a ladle at a time allowing the stock to be absorbed by the rice , continue adding ladle after ladle until all the stock is used up.

Step 11

  • when the water is fully incorporated the rice should be cooked, it should be soft on the outside with a slight bite in the middle

Step 12

  • while the rice is cooking

Step 13

  • place the slices of Parma ham on a baking tray and place in the oven check after 3 minutes and turn to stop the Parma ham sticking.

Step 14

  • when the Parma ham is crispy remove from the oven and place on kitchen paper

Step 15

  • add the frozen peas to the risotto
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 16

  • finely grate the parmesan
  • add the parmesan and the remaining butter to the rice
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary
  • Stir and then place a lid on the pan
  • leave for five minutes

Step 17

  • wash the asparagus
  • slice the asparagus and place in a small bowl cover in cling film and cook in microwave for 1 minute
  • add the asparagus to the risotto

Step 18

  • serve the risotto in individual bowls
  • sprinkle with crushed crispy parma ham

What you need Utensils

  • 1 baking tray
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 grater
  • 1 jug
  • 1 kitchen paper
  • 1 large frying pan
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 sieve
  • 1 small bowl

More about our pea, asparagus risotto with crispy ham recipe

A traditional risotto with celery, onions and short grain rice, flavoured with white wine and parmesan . Asparagus and peas are mixed into the delicious creamy risotto and the dish is topped with parma ham baked in the oven and crushed on top of the risotto.

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