Asparagus Risotto

Total Time
10 mins
25 mins

We love risotto and so I try many different versions. This is one of our favorites. I usually reduce the amount of butter without much difference to the dish overall, and often times add whatever else I have in the refrigerator. From Bon Appetit, May 1995.

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  1. Blanch asparagus pieces in large pot of boiling, salted water 2 minutes.
  2. Drain.
  3. Rinse asparagus under cold water.
  4. Drain asparagus well.
  5. Bring chicken broth to simmer in small saucepan.
  6. Reduce heat to low and keep broth hot.
  7. Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.
  8. Add chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes.
  9. Add rice and stir 3 minutes.
  10. Add dry white wine and cook until liquid evaporates.
  11. 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.
  12. Add blanched asparagus pieces and stir until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  13. Remove from heat.
  14. Add 6 tablespoons butter and stir until incorporated.
  15. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese.
  16. Season risotto to taste with salt and pepper.