Asparagus and Parsley Pesto Risotto Bake

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Mommy Diva

From April 2007 Everyday with Rachael Ray--looks delightful. I love asparagus so this caught my eye.

Top Review by Karen Elizabeth

I didn't realise that asparagus was no longer plentiful and very expensive, so I chose to make this with broccoli instead, lightly steaming it and adding to the risotto as I would have, the asparagus. I had basil pesto in the fridge, and added a little lemon zest for that slight tang, which complemented the broccoli wonderfully. Easily prepared and flavoursome, thank you for a lovely recipe, much enjoyed! Made for Mommy Diva, Fight Like A Girl!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a heavy oven-proof pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the shallot and cook until translucent and softened, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and rice; season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook, stirring, until the rice is toasted, about 3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the broth and 1 1/4 cups water. Transfer immediately to the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, using a food processor, finely chop the parsley, 1/2 cup Parmesan, the pine nuts and the lemon peel.
  8. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and process until blended; Set the pesto aside.
  9. Remove the risotto from the oven and stir in the asparagus and the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan.
  10. Continue to bake until the rice is tender, about 5 minutes.
  11. Stir in the reserved pesto and serve with extra Parmesan.
  12. Enjoy! ;).

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