Creamy Asparagus Risotto



Creamy Asparagus Risotto

Picture yourself in a rustic Italian countryside, the aroma of fresh herbs lingering in the air as you embark on a culinary journey with our Creamy Asparagus Risotto recipe. This delightful dish harmonizes the earthy essence of asparagus with the luxurious creaminess of risotto, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Begin by blanching the asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove and place in ice water to preserve its color. Set aside.
  2. In a large pan, heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Sauté the chopped onion until translucent, then add the garlic and Arborio rice. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the rice is lightly toasted.
  3. Pour in the white wine and cook until it’s mostly absorbed by the rice. Gradually add the warm broth, one ladleful at a time, stirring frequently and allowing the liquid to be absorbed before adding more. Continue this process until the rice is creamy and al dente, which should take around 18-20 minutes.
  4. Gently fold in the blanched asparagus and grated Parmesan cheese, allowing the asparagus to heat through.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  6. Serve the risotto in warm bowls, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and a few asparagus spears on top.

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Arborio rice and tender asparagus come together in a harmonious blend of flavors and textures, creating a luxurious risotto that captures the essence of Italian comfort food.

Nutrition information: Calories: 320 | Total Fat: 12g | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g

Picture yourself savoring each spoonful of this delectable Creamy Asparagus Risotto, the creamy rice embracing the freshness of asparagus, all blanketed in the richness of Parmesan cheese. This recipe is an ode to the simplicity and elegance of Italian cuisine, and it’s sure to become a staple in your culinary repertoire. Whether you’re preparing a romantic dinner or hosting a gathering with friends, this dish will transport everyone to the picturesque hills of Tuscany with every bite.

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