Thursday, April 5, 2012

Asparagus Risotto

Tonight, I attempted risotto for the very first time.  It was good!  Jon doesn't like asparagus, so he picked his out.  So, the next time, I will leave the asparagus on the side and just go for plain risotto.  I also think I can cut the butter way down and it will still be creamy and delicious.

  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice or 1 1/2 cups medium-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 tablespoons butter ( 3/4 stick)
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated ( about 3 ounces)

1. Blanch asparagus pieces in large pot of boiling, salted water 2 minutes.
2. Drain.
3. Rinse asparagus under cold water.
4. Drain asparagus well.
5. Bring chicken broth to simmer in small saucepan.
6. Reduce heat to low and keep broth hot.
7. Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.
8. Add chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes.
9. Add rice and stir 3 minutes.
10. Add dry white wine and cook until liquid evaporates.
11. Continue cooking until rice is tender but still slightly firm in center and mixture is creamy, adding chicken broth 1 cup at a time and stirring almost constantly, about 20 minutes.
12. Add blanched asparagus pieces and stir until heated through, about 2 minutes.
13. Remove from heat.
14. Add 6 tablespoons butter and stir until incorporated.
15. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese.
16. Season risotto to taste with salt and pepper.

1 comment:

MamaD said...

One of our favorites! Sean can't get enough risotto. We love to use the asparagus from our garden. Also yummy with fresh basil and tomatoes from garden; the possibilities are endless. Our recipe doesn't use any butter at all.