Broad Bean, Lemon and Thyme Risotto

This easy vegetarian recipe for broad bean, lemon and thyme risotto is an unusual but beautiful combination

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  • Serves 2

  • Prep time 10 mins

  • Cooking time 30 mins

  • Total time 40 mins

  • Skill level Easy

  • Calories 665 per serving


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • good knob of butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • around 750ml (1½pts) vegetable stock
  • 150g (5oz) risotto rice (see page 178)
  • 125ml (4½fl oz) dry white wine
  • 250g (9oz) broad beans, blanched and podded
  • grated zest 2 lemons and juice of 1
  • 2tbsp thyme leaves
  • 2tbsp roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 75g (3oz) fresh Parmesan, grated


For a super quick risotto recipe that’s full of nutrients and vegetarian friendly, give this broad bean, lemon and time recipe a go.

It cooks in 40 minutes and makes enough to serve two people, so it’s a great choice for a date night or simple week night supper.


  1. Gently fry the onion in a little butter until soft but not browned. Add the garlic and cook for a minute. Bring the stock to the boil in a separate pan, then leave on a gentle simmer.
  2. Add the rice to the onion with a pinch of salt, stir well then add the white wine. Bring to the boil, simmer, then slowly add the hot stock, a ladleful at a time, adding more once the first batch has been absorbed. You must keep stirring with a wooden spoon, as the stirring action releases the starch from the rice and gives that wonderful creaminess to a good risotto. It will take around 20 minutes. You want the rice to retain a bit of bite to it.
  3. Now add the broad beans, lemon zest and juice, thyme and parsley. Stir well. Leave the rice to stand for 2 to 3 minutes with a knob of butter. Finally, add the Parmesan and serve. Risotto waits for no one!