Friday, March 27, 2009

Asparagus Risotto



I love risotto, even with its labor- and time-intensive cooking process, because at the end of it all, I'm delighted by the rich taste of what is seemingly a luxury menu item. I've actually only ever eaten it in a restaurant once, and it felt so wonderful to eat there, but at the same time, fixing it at home provides such a great sense of edification that it's hard to resist. And, it's much cheaper that way, too.
I bought some asparagus last week and on it came this recipe, which I just prepared:

Asparagus Risotto
Ingredients:
1 lb. asparagus, cut into 2" lengths
5 c. vegetable broth
2 T. oil
1 onion (I used minced onion because I had no fresh) & 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped (I used garlic powder because I also had no fresh of this)
1 1/2 c. arborio rice
1 c. dry white wine (I used a chardonnay by Kristin Hill, a great local winery located in Amity, OR, that is truly a mom-and-pop organization)
salt and pepper to taste
(I added spinach to the asparagus mix for extra oomph)

Prepare:

  1. Warm the broth in a saucepan over low heat. 
  2. In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic. 
  3. Add the arborio rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Add the wine and cook until the liquid is absorbed. 
  5. Add the broth, about 1/2 cup at a time (I got impatient and started putting it in 1 cup at a time!), stirring occasionally and waiting until it is absorbed before adding more.
  6. Meanwhile, in a saute pan, heat 2 T. oil. Saute the asparagus (and fresh spinach) until bright green and slightly tender, about 3-4 minutes. 
  7. Once the broth is completely absorbed in the risotto, add the asparagus and season with salt and pepper (I also added thyme). 
  8. Serve immediately and ENJOY!

1 comment:

Jamie said...

This looks delicious! I love asparagus too and definitely know what you mean about it feeling so luxurious to eat it. I have needed a new recipe to try with it though, so I will try to remember to try this one! :) Thanks!

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