Money Matters: Pea and Pesto Risotto + Weekly Menu


Happy Easter!

I toyed with not posting today as many will probably be spending time with their families, conversing over a large spread of Easter food…but this recipe seemed all too fitting for the occasion. It was its pretty green colors and simple, fresh ingredients perfectly representing spring…as well as the thought that my mom and mother-in-law would both appreciate a recipe like this.

Because it has a brief ingredient list.

They both love when I post recipes with very few ingredients. Not only that, but these ingredients are items that you may already have on hand. Recipes that require NO purchases at the grocery store are certainly a diamond in the rough!


Let’s begin with the fact that you 1) really ought to know and love Arborio rice. It’s an Italian rice that is used to make risotto. Don’t let that ingredient deter you – it can be found in any local grocer near the other rices.

Let’s also bust the myth that making risotto is difficult or time-consuming. I have never stirred a risotto “constantly” in order for it to be creamy and rich and wonderful. Don’t listen to all those cooking shows…they exaggerate.


This is the kind of meal where you blast the tunes, grab a glass of wine, get in the zone, and you’re sad that in a brief 30 minutes or less…it’s time to eat.

But then you quickly hustle to the table to be amazed by your creation and your sadness quickly fades to bliss and a feeling of complete and utter pride over a job well done.


Truth be told, as I photographed, plated, and set this meal before Mr. Prevention and I…I wasn’t so sure. I was expecting something more green. I wasn’t expecting dinner to be so easy. I just wasn’t sure that it would deliver that wow-factor that risotto recipes so often do.

But Mr. P dug in first and declared the risotto “really good”. I dug in and confirmed. Simple, flavorful ingredients like pesto (store bought, homemade, or homemade pulled from your freezer) add so much flavor with so little effort. There’s no need for a laundry list of ingredients when you choose the right ones sometimes!


Weekly Menu: April 8th-12th

It’s dreary here today, but we’re going to do some yard work, workout, and celebrate Easter with burgers on the grill.

Be well,


  1. This seriously looks amazing! I love peas and rice as a combination, and I love how you added rosemary and pesto too!

  2. Your arborio rice looks so much longer grained than the stuff I usually buy.

  3. Love your rice! I too am a big fan of arborio rice. I love what you’ve done by adding the pesto. Sounds and LOOKS delicious

  4. Beautiful pictures!! We’ve always wanted to try risotto. Unfortunately, Rick hates peas… I love them. :-(

    • The first risotto I ever had was a pesto risotto – no peas. It was delicious! Make the pesto risotto and then add the peas just to your serving. They aren’t cooked that long in this recipe that they take on any flavor – they just enhance.

      I bake my risotto – much easier than hanging out over the stove – unless of course, you like to do the stirring thing. Heat oven to 425° In an oven proof pot, saute the garlic for a bit, add all the broth and rice and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and put in the oven – cook 20-25 minutes or til rice is tender. Pull it out of the oven and stir in the peas and pesto (I might even add some parmessan cheese) and stir to combine. It’s pretty fool proof and should turn out cream and yummy every time.

  5. Happy Easter!

  6. This looks amazing!
    And yes, I agree. Definitely don’t need to need to be stirring it constantly.
    Happy Easter, Nicole!

  7. The risotto sounds great! And your weekly meals sound wonderful, too!

    Hope you had a nice Easter!

  8. This looks really good, and I love that you used veggie broth for it. Not that I wouldn’t have subbed it anyway, but I like that you used the veggie when you made it. Too many things wind up with chicken broth and I think many people don’t realize veggie broth can be good too.

  9. I love this! Reminds me of a risotto that I made with peas and mint, but I bet the pesto is an amazing addition too. Congrats on the top 9!

  10. I love the idea of adding pesto to risotto. I quite often make risotto but usually add mushrooms and peas.

  11. Congrats on Top 9! Risotto is one of my fave family meals. I will definitely be trying this!

  12. This recipe looks excellent and I love the pea’s. I haven’t had pea’s in a long time and they look wonderful here. Looks like tonight s asparagus… yummy! Perfect layout to a week’s worth of dinner planning too. New fan and SRC friend here :)

  13. Risotto is one of my very favorite things to make! I never thought of adding pesto to it, though! I’m definitely (definitely!) going to have to try this.

  14. My blog post stats exploded the second you posted the Spinach and Artichoke stuffed Portobellos. I just dropped by to say thanks for posting it! Hope you liked them.

  15. Love the simplicity of this–Sounds delicious!

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