Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

Serves 6

Once you've made this risotto recipe it will become a permanent addition to your repertoire. Two tricks will make this dish outstanding: stir constantly to get a creamy, buttery consistency and serve immediately!

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • Sea salt
  • Cooking liquid combined with beef, poultry or vegetable broth to make 7 cups
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
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Braise asparagus in large pan filled with about 2 inches of water (asparagus should fit in one layer across bottom of pan), covered, about 5 minutes. Remove asparagus (reserve water) and rinse with cool water to prevent further cooking. Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces and set spear tips aside to add to dish once it is cooked. Pour cooking water into large pot and add enough beef broth to make 7 cups of liquid. Keep water simmering over low heat, as you'll be adding this to the rice throughout its cooking.

In large heavy pot, add 1 tablespoon butter, olive oil and minced onion. Cook onion until nearly translucent over medium-high heat. Add asparagus stalks (not the spear tips) and stir well. Add rice, stirring quickly. Add 1/2 cups simmering broth and cook, stirring constantly, until water is absorbed. Repeat process till rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

Final consistency should be creamy and the rice tender but slightly firm at the center. Turn off heat and stir in asparagus spear tips, pepper, 2 tablespoons butter and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:240 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 550mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 5g protein
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