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Springtime Asparagus Risotto

Rated as 3.89 out of 5 Stars

"The cooking method for this risotto is not traditional, but even without constant stirring the result is excellent. The flavors of grated cheeses vary. Start with 1/3 cup, and then add more if desired. Serve risotto in 1-cup portions as a side dish or larger portions as a main dish. A pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc wine would make a lovely accompaniment."
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30 m servings 339
Original recipe yields 8 servings (8 cups)


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  1. Wash asparagus and break off the tough ends. Cut spears into 1-inch pieces; set aside.
  2. In a 6-quart pot, melt butter with olive oil. Add onion, garlic and rice. Over medium-high heat, cook and stir 3-4 minutes; do not brown. Add cooking wine and broth. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low, cover and cook 10 minutes. No need to stir.
  3. Add asparagus and continue to cook and stir, uncovered, about 3 minutes. Taste rice to ensure it does not overcook. Rice should be al dente and rather soupy. Stir in cheese, lemon peel and marjoram. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Sprinkle with additional cheese, if desired.


  • Traditional risotto is very creamy and the rice is firm to the bite. The rice will continue to absorb liquid as it sits.
  • Use 2 cups fresh peas, or frozen peas (thawed), in place of asparagus.
  • Add 1/2 cup diced ham or prosciutto along with the cheese, lemon and herb.
  • Recipe may be halved; use a 4-quart saucepan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 339 calories; 8 53.5 7.4 13 749 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

I added a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 4 or 5 mushrooms. It was delicious

Most helpful critical review

I found it lacking in flavor other than lemon

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I found it lacking in flavor other than lemon

I added a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 4 or 5 mushrooms. It was delicious

The easiest risotto I've ever made. And very tasty. I usually use recipes as a starting point, though, In this one I substituted a cheap but drinkable Sauvignon Blanc for the cooking wine and s...

Good flavor but cooking time was a little off, I had to extend the time because my rice was "crunchy" after the given cooking time.

Good recipe as written, but I agree with other comments about it being bland. I made it as written except I left out the lemon rind because I didn’t have any on hand. Next time I will increase t...

It was quick and easy, but pretty bland. I wouldn't make it again.

I added cubed cooked chicken to make it a main dish.

Next time I make this I will cut the vinegar to 1/2 cup and add1/2 more broth. It was easy, and done in the allotted time.