Spring Green Risotto, Ina's Way

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

An Italian favorite that is much easier to make then you think - Ina Garten's (The Barefoot Contessa) way.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the olive oil and butte or margaine(if using)r in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the leeks and fennel and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender.
  3. Add rice and stir for a minute to coat with the oil and butter.
  4. Add white wine and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until most of the wine has been absorbed.
  5. Add the stock, two ladles at a time, stirring almost constantly and waiting for the stock to be absorbed before adding more.
  6. The whole cooking process will take 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, discard the tough ends of the asparagus and cut the tips diagonally in 1 1/2-inch lengths.
  8. Blanch in boiling salted water for 4 to 5 minutes, until tender.
  9. Drain and cool immediately in ice water.
  10. When the risotto has been cooking for 15 minutes, drain the asparagus and add to the risotto with the peas, lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.
  11. Continue cooking and adding stock, stirring almost constantly, until the rice is tender but still firm.
  12. Whisk the lemon juice and mascarpone together in a small bowl.
  13. When the risotto is done, turn off the heat and stir in the mascarpone mixture, plus the Parmesan cheese.
  14. Allow to sit off the heat for a few minutes, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot with a sprinkling of chives and more Parmesan cheese.
  15. Gustare!
Most Helpful

Fantastic! I made as directed, but added more fresh chopped herbs and omitted the mascarpone (which would have been very good). I served with butter & lemon sauteed shrimp on top. Thanks for the great recipe - it's a keeper!

Jaudon June 14, 2012

This is an awsome recipe very bright flavors. I add some chicken breast to add protein.

LagunaMolly March 05, 2009