Lemon Asparagus Risotto

Spring has sprung! Check out this delicious lemon asparagus risotto with peas.

I absolutely love risotto. While it does take a lot of attention to make, the outcome is always worth it. 

I have a couple of other risotto recipes on my blog, but I wanted to make one inspired by Spring/Summer. 

The last two times I went to Trader Joe’s there has been an endless amount of asparagus. They looked so beautiful so I have picked a bunch up every time I have been in there. I have been working on an air fried veggie post (coming soon, still have a few veggies left to conquer), but I also wanted to try something different!

Before I went Vegan I would go to an Italian place often which had this lemon zest asparagus pasta. This recipe is inspired by that dish but I wanted to replace the pasta and make it into a risotto. 

As pictured above, I garnished this dish with some vegan parmesan. I used the Violife block and I think it’s so crazy how it’s shaped like an actual block of parmesan. 

This recipe just Spring/Summer to me! The asparagus, peas, and the lemon is just so tasty. All the flavors mixed together just makes the dish. Also, the creaminess of the risotto helps too! 

I hope that you enjoy this recipe! If you make any of my recipes, don’t forget to tag me in the picture @plantbasedjane so I can see! 

Lemon Asparagus Risotto
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Lemon Asparagus Risotto


  • 12 asparagus spears (bottoms snapped off - my tip is to not cut the asparagus bottoms. Bend the bottoms and let the bottoms snap off naturally)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cub arborio rice
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • vegan parmesan to garnish (optional)


  1. Begin by cooking you're asparagus. Cut into bite sized pieces (you can leave some whole for topping as I did) and cook in a pan on medium heat with your olive oil & salt/pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes and remove from pan onto a plate.
  2. Heat up a large pot on medium heat and melt your butter. Add in your shallots and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in your garlic and stir for another 30 seconds. Add in your rice, dried spices & lemon zest. Stir continuously until the rice has a glossy finish.
  3. Add in your first cup of vegetable broth. Stir continuously until the broth has absorbed into the rice. Repeat process with your remaining 3 cups of broth until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Once the rice has absorbed all the vegetable broth add in your nutritional yeast, peas & lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve!




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