Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
- 1pound (500 g) asparagus
- 1/2 a small onion, finely sliced
- 1 1/2 cups (300 g) short-grained rice along the lines of Arborio
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, or: 1/4 cup olive oil + 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup dry white wine, warmed
- 1 cup grated Parmigiano
- The water the asparagus was cooked in, topped off with beef broth or vegetable bouillon to make 1 quart, simmering
- Salt and white pepper
Sauté the onion in half the butter or the oil, and when it's translucent, remove it to a plate with a slotted spoon. Next, stir in the rice and sauté, stirring, until the grains have turned translucent, 5-7 minutes.
Return the sauteed onions to the pot, stir in the warmed wine, and cook until it has evaporated. Then add the one-inch lengths of green asparagus stem to the rice, and begin stirring in the liquid, a ladle full at a time. Should a white stem find its way into the pot, remove it.
Continue adding liquid, and when the rice is almost done, stir in half the reserved tips. Check seasoning and continue cooking the rice till it's al dente. Turn off the heat and stir in the remaining butter and half the grated cheese. Let the risotto stand covered for two minutes, then transfer it to a serving dish and garnish it with the remaining tips. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over it and serve.
The wine? Asparagus works best with whites, and I would go for a Roero Arneis, or perhaps a Lugana.
Yield: four to six servings asparagus risotto.