Spring Asparagus Risotto

01 October 2018

Spring Asparagus Risotto
  • 500g asparagus, trimmed, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice or medium-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. Blanch asparagus pieces in large pot of boiling, salted water for 2 minutes. Drain. Rinse asparagus under cold water. Drain asparagus well.
  2. Bring chicken stock to simmer in small saucepan. Reduce heat to low and keep stock hot. 
  3. Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes. 
  4. Add rice and stir 3 minutes. 
  5. Add dry white wine and cook until liquid evaporates. 
  6. 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. 
  7. Add blanched asparagus pieces and stir until heated through, about 2 minutes. 
  8. Remove from heat. Add 6 tablespoons butter and stir until incorporated. 
  9. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese. 
  10. Season risotto to taste with salt and pepper.