Risotto Primavera with Ham Recipe

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Lori Dunn
This colorful dish has the perfect mixture of meat and vegetables.
Yields 4 to 6 SERVINGS


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet red pepper, cut into matchstick-size strips
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
  • 1 cup Arborio rice (do not rinse)
  • 1 cup diced lean ham
  • 4 cups hot chicken broth (heat cold broth to boiling before use)
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups chopped cooked veggies, such as broccoli and zucchini (room temperature)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped tomatoes (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste 


  • Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add red pepper, onions, garlic and Italian seasoning, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Add rice and stir until well-coated and translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add ham and hot broth, stirring in 1 cup at a time until each addition has been absorbed. (The entire process should take 20 to 25 minutes.)
  • Stir in wine, cooked veggies and tomatoes, and simmer until wine is absorbed. Add Parmesan cheese; salt and pepper to taste. For creamier texture, allow risotto to stand a minute or two before serving.

Leftover Recipes Become the Cook’s Best Friend

A medley of cooked vegetables and ham turns ordinary risotto into a lively blend of color and flavor with this Risotto Primavera with Ham recipe. Fresh parmesan cheese adds just the right amount of creaminess for an oh-so-delicious side dish or meal.