Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is a terrific dish, and by adding the asparagus late it stays firm, not soggy.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3⁄4 lb asparagus, chopped in 1 inch lengths
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 1⁄2 cups arborio rice
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1⁄4 cup cream
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1⁄4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- Melt the butter in the pan and add the onions on medium-low heat.
- Cook for 4 minutes, then add the garlic.
- Cook for 1 minute, then add the rice.
- Stir until well coated.
- Add 1/2 cup of stock to the rice, stirring until absorbed.
- Then add the asparagus.
- Continue adding the stock in 1/2 cup increments, stirring after each addition until the stock has been absorbed.
- (Should take about 20-25 minutes.) Add the cream, cheese, and basil stirring gently to combine.
Pretty good. Just a few comments. The stock amounts are a bit low. And I find having the stock on the back stove burner on low heat helps. Put an extra cup or two of stock in the pan and like all other risotto, just stop adding when done.<br/>I also didn't like adding the asparagus with the 1st stock addition. Too long a time cooking asparagus and too rough on it with the constant stirring. I just roasted it earlier in the day and cut it and added it with the cream and basil. <br/>The final dish was very good.
I have made this a few times now. My whole family loves it. I have roasted the asparagus and added at the end and have also added it after the first few additions of chicken stock. Both are good but we like it roasted -- seems to add more flavor. We do not add basil and really do not miss any flavor by deleting it. Very good recipe... Might try roasting halved brussel sprouts for another variation.
I followed the recipe as written except did not add the basil (my family preference). The asparagus was tender and not overcooked. My hubby and I really enjoyed it but other guests did not care for it but I think that is just a taste preference. I will make again when its only hubby and I for dinner.