Cooking From Memory ~ A Recipe Journal

Risotto with Asparagus

Posted in Rice by Paul Gauche on July 11, 2009

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Ingredients ~

  • 1 pound asparagus trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 7-8 cups chicken Stock
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow or red onion
  • 3 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground cracked pepper

Method ~

Parboil the asparagus in salted water until just tender, 1-2 minutes.  Set aside. (To parboil asparagus, plunge the asparagus in a large quantity of salted boiling water and cook until the asparagus brightens in color and just begins to soften.  About 1-2 minutes.)  Drain and plunge immediately into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.  Let cool for about 30 seconds, drain again, and set aside until ready to use.  In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring the stock to a gentle simmer and maintain over low heat.  In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 4 minutes.  Add the rice and stir until each grain is well coated with oil and translucent with a white dot in the center, about 3 minutes.  Add the wine and stir until it is completely absorbed.  Add the simmering stock a ladleful at a time, stirring frequently after each addition.  Wait until the stock is almost completely absorbed (but the rice is never dry on top) before adding the next ladleful.  Reserve ¼ cup stock to add at the end.  When the rice is almost tender to the bite but slightly firm n the center and looks creamy, after about 18 minutes, add the asparagus and a ladleful of stock.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the asparagus us heated through and the rice is al dente, 2-3 minutes longer.  Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, cheese, and reserved ¼ cup stock.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve at once.

For more tips on making perfect risotto, see the article in “Kitchen Wisdom”

Makes 6 servings


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