Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
Spring brings us all this gorgeous but pricey fresh asparagus. I don't mind the expense for the pleasure of steamed spears. But I've found that in making risotto, using a frozen product often gives as much flavor, and is easier and cheaper. Step 6 is where I veer away from traditional risotto making - something I figured out when my kids were little and I wanted to be with them rather than stand at the stove, stirring. This early prep saves you at least 10 minutes of on-your-way-to-varicose-veins time.
- 15 asparagus spears, frozen and defrosted
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 cup onion, minced
- 1⁄4 lb bacon, chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 cups arborio rice (or carnaroli)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 quarts chicken broth, hot (your's or canned that's thinned with water)
- 1⁄2 cup parmigiano, grated
- Take a deep breath and say "Risotta-making is NOT difficult.".
- Cut asparagus into 3/4" pieces. Set aside.
- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, saute the onion and bacon in 2 T butter for 3 minutes over medium heat.
- Increase to high heat, add wine and reduce to half (about 3 minutes).
- Add rice, salt and pepper and continue stirring on high for 1 minute.
- Add 2 c of the hot chicken stock, lid the pan and turn off the heat.
- Go walk your dog, call your girlfriend, write that chapter in your novel. It can sit there until roughly 10-15 minutes before dinner is served.
- When you return, reheat the broth and crank up the heat on the rice.
- Stir, stir, stir, adding a cup of hot broth everytime it starts to look a bit dry.
- Sample a bit: does it seem a bit chewy but almost ready?.
- If so, add the asparagus and stir until heated through, about 2 minutes.
- Sample again. Ready? Remove from heat and add 1 T butter and cheese.
This recipe is fantastic! I had never made risotto before so I was a little nervous but it was super easy and it turned out to be creamy and flavourful!