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Risotto with Asparagus

Serves 2
Time 30 min
Once you learn to cook a basic dish like risotto, you can substitute with what you have on hand. Instead of asparagus, use frozen green beans or the fresh peas your neighbor grew and shared…or the mushrooms you almost forgot in the fridge drawer.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • 10 asparagus spears trimmed, cut into 3/4-inch pieces, cooked and rinsed in cold water
  • 32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth divided
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Method

While preparing asparagus, heat broth to a simmer in a small covered pot and hold there. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add rice and cook 2 minutes, stirring often.

Add 1/2 cup simmering broth while stirring constantly, shaking pan forward and back as you do, until absorbed, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup more broth and repeat the process. Continue repeating until rice is just tender and risotto is creamy and loose, about 20 minutes more. (Reserve any remaining broth for another use.)

Remove pot from heat and stir in 1/3 cup cheese, asparagus, salt and pepper. Transfer risotto to bowls and garnish with remaining cheese and chives. Serve immediately.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 10 asparagus spears trimmed, cut into 3/4-inch pieces, cooked and rinsed in cold water
  • 32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth divided
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper