Creamy Risotto with Roasted Asparagus

Creamy Risotto with Roasted Asparagus

Serves 3-4 as a main dish or 6 as a side dish

Ingredients

1 bundle of asparagus

olive oil

1 quart chicken stock

1 cup water

1 medium onion, finely diced

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/2 cup arborio rice

coarse salt

fresh ground pepper

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Method

Heat oven to 400º.  Cut asparagus on bias in 1 inch pieces.  Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.

Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring once.  Remove from oven and set aside.

In a sauce pan, heat the stock and water to a simmer.  In a 3-4 quart sauce pan, melt the better.  Saute the onions until soft, about 5 minutes.  Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.    Add the rice to the onions, cook on medium heat, stirring, until rice is translucent around the edges, about 4 minutes.  Add the wine, cook until absorbed, about 2 minutes.

Cook the rice by adding 1 cup of stock at a time.  Stir until almost all the liquid is absorbed before adding more.

Stock is absorbed and ready to add more

Keep stirring and adding more stock as it is absorbed in to the rice, until tender.  25-30 minutes total.  Add the asparagus and stir to combine.  Remove from heat and add Parmesan.  Serve, topped with more cheese.

Risotto with Asparagus

This recipe can highlight other vegetables as well.  Try it with sauteed zucchini or sweet peas (previously frozen), mushrooms, or roasted butternut squash.

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2 thoughts on “Creamy Risotto with Roasted Asparagus

  1. I’m embarrassed to say that I do not know what arborio rice is. Not a cook!! Sounds special. Can I get it anywhere? This looks yummy!

    Thanks Jeanne, Arborio Rice is the traditional risotto rice. The grain is a little puffier and I believe it has a higher starch content making it perfect for a creamy risotto. Yes, it is available anywhere. I used to only buy it at Williams Sonoma, now I buy it at Trader Joe’s. Much cheaper and quality is good.

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