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Leave-alone ham and pea risotto

35 minutes
4 servings
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Here's a tasty risotto that doesn't need much time and effort, so you can spend more time with your dinner guests. What's not to love?

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cooking spray*
½ sweet onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 celery stalk, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8-10oz lean smoked ham steak or leftover ham, trimmed of all visible fat, cut into ¼in cubes
½ tsp dried thyme
1½ cups dry Arborio (risotto) rice
2¼ cups boiling chicken broth
1 cup frozen peas
½lb fresh green beans, trimmed (optional)
*Please note up to 10 short sprays of any cooking spray are Free. After that, count ½ Syn for every additional 5 sprays used.


  1. Spray a large, heavy saucepan with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring often, until nearly tender, about 5 minutes. Add the ham and thyme; cook and stir just until the ham is heated through.
  2. Stir in the rice, chicken broth and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat.
  3. Fluff the rice with a fork, stir in the peas, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the green beans in lightly salted boiling water for 5–8 minutes, until tender, then drain.
  5. Serve the risotto accompanied by the green beans, or a tossed salad if you prefer.

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