Asparagus Risotto

This Italian dish, inspired by my lovely Italian friend, who is a wonderful cook by the way, she made this tasty risotto when we were invited for lunch at their place. My little boy enjoys it too. You can even swap the asparagus to mushroom to make it a mushroom risotto. This version of risotto does not involve wine so even babies, toddlers and kids can have it.

Asparagus risotto

First up the rice, make sure you buy 'Arborio rice' which is used to make a risotto, which becomes creamy when cooked. I bought mine from an Italian store here in Dublin. These days you can find it in most of the supermarkets. You will need 175gms of good quality risotto or arborio rice.

Asparagus risotto

Also make sure you buy a real good quality of asparagus, like this one is very tender, do not buy the ones that are hard, they can be very fiber like. 

The best part is, the ingredient which gives the beautiful colour to your risotto is turmeric which is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.

Asparagus risotto

Asparagus Risotto
Prep Time: Under 30 mins
Servings: Serves 3
INGREDIENTS
    • 175gms of good quality risotto or arborio rice
    • 125 grams of asparagus tips
    • 600 ml of stock chicken or veg stock
    • one finely chopped onion
    • two cloves of finely chopped garlic
    • fresh ground pepper
    • one tsp of mixed dried Italian herbs
    • Half tsp of turmeric
    • Pink Himalayan salt to taste
    • Two tbsp of good quality extra virgin olive
instructions
    1. Saute one finely chopped onion in extra virgin olive oil for few minutes until the onions are translucent about 2 to 3 mins.
    2. Add two cloves of finely chopped garlic and saute just for a min.
    3. Add the asparagus and continue to fry it for a couple of minutes more, about 4 to 5 mins
    4. Season with fresh ground pepper, do not add salt because the stock also contains salt. You can check at a later stage and see once you have added the stock.
    5. Add the dried herbs, or any herbs of your choice.
    6. Add the turmeric and stir everything well combined.
    7. Now add in the rice and saute it all for good few mins, two to three on medium heat.
    8. Add in the stock, this is the important part. Do not add all the stock at once, for now just about 1/3 of it and reduce the heat and let the stock disappear, stirring in between.
    9. It usually takes about 15 to 18 minutes for the rice to cook. Make sure you keep a close watch on it as the liquid evaporates quickly and keep add the stock little by little.
    10. Serve with some fresh grated Parmesan on top for that extra Italian zing.
    11. Buon Appetito!

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