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Asparagus Risotto

No recipe image available.Creamy risotto with asparagus, parsley and Romano cheese. Properly cooked risotto requires constant attention and stirring—it is a dish made with love and patience.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound fresh asparagus
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked U.S. arborio or medium grain rice
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
Salt to taste (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Wash asparagus and cut off tough stalk ends. Boil in large saucepan in salted water 12 minutes. Drain, reserving cooking liquid; cut off asparagus tips. Set aside.
  2. Cook onion and garlic in oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add rice; stir 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup reserved asparagus liquid. Cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed. Continue stirring and adding remaining asparagus liquid and enough water to bring total amount of liquid added to 5 cups, allowing each to be absorbed before adding another. Rice should be tender and mixture should have a creamy consistency. It will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in asparagus, parsley, cheese and salt, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of USA Rice Federation.