Saturday, March 7, 2009

Asparagus Risotto

My husband has been asking for Risotto for quite some time. The asparagus are beautiful...and I was inspired by my fellow bloggers Monique and tonight I tried a new recipe. It was delicious. It is a Mario Batali recipe, the same one that Monique used on La Table De Nana...part of the asparagus stems are cooked and then pureed and added to the risotto at the last was simple and really lovely. Thanks Monique! I used homemade chicken stock that I had, there was not quite enough so I added a bit of broth from a box...I served some pan grilled shrimp marinated in lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and Spanish smoked paprika along side...we had a nice bottle of French Sauvignion was a nice end to a hectic week.

The asparagus puree...I just loved the color of it. I cooked the stems
right in the chicken stock.
The first stage of risotto...saute with the butter and oil

After about 15 minutes
Just about done....

Asparagus Risotto

Adapted from Mario Batali

New York Times-May2,2007

Time: 45 minutes

1 pound asparagus, peeled, trimmed and cut into one-inch-long pieces, tips reserved
4 to 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 medium red onion, diced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
Salt to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add half the asparagus stalks and cook until quite soft, at least 5 minutes. Rinse quickly under cold water. Put cooked asparagus in a blender or food processor and add just enough water to allow machine to puree until smooth; set aside.

2. Put stock in a medium saucepan over low heat. Put oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium heat. When it is hot, add onion, stirring occasionally until it softens, 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Add rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is glossy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add white wine, stir, and let liquid bubble away. Add a large pinch of salt. Add warmed stock, 1/2 cup or so at a time, stirring occasionally. Each time stock has just about evaporated, add more.

4. After about 15 minutes, add remaining asparagus pieces and tips, continuing to add stock when necessary. In 5 minutes, begin tasting rice. You want it to be tender but with a bit of crunch; it could take as long as 30 minutes total to reach this stage. When it does, stir in 1/2 cup asparagus puree. Remove skillet from heat, add remaining butter and stir briskly. Add Parmesan and stir briskly, then taste and adjust seasoning. Risotto should be slightly soupy. Serve immediately.

Yield: 3 to 4 servings.

I marinated the shrimp and then skewered them together in twos and grilled them on a stove top grill was too cold to go out to the grill....

We were in a real hurry to eat looks like I was standing on my head taking pictures...but the rest were , well lets just say this was the best get idea...that parsley leaf looks gigantic in front of my asparagus! But you can see the pale green color of the pureed asparagus...
That was a nice tasted much better than it looked!


  1. Yep..that's the one:) Cathy I am so glad you liked it and you've made my Mario proud..

    PS he doesn't know he's my Mario:)

  2. Looks like a perfect meal to me. Yum! Love the plate.

  3. oh how gorgeous is your entire post! mouthwatering... thats how... i love all your pics from dish to finished product. and the shrimp combo, fantastic!

    i hope you are all feeling well at your house, these pics pretty much tells me you are!

  4. Thanks so much!
    Monique...the funny thing is I had seen this recipe in the NYTimes food section. I had printed it out and never made it. Yesterday, I pulled it out, read it again and I said hey this is the same one that Monique made! I knew it was going to be a winner!

    I bought those bowls at the Sausalito flea market for $1.50 each in 1980...there were only three, they are Copland/Spode...I love them...thanks Ryannan!

    Thank you Jain...son #2 is still pretty under the weather...#1 went out with his friends last was a nice quiet dinner and pretty quick to do...and the glass of wine helped!

  5. Yum, your risotto looks so rich and creamy. I love the taste of asparagus, the flavor of springtime.

    Pretty fantastic looking shrimp too.

  6. Thank you Cathy...
    I am going to make some little risotto cakes with the leftovers in a little while...
    It is calling me from the fridge!

  7. Linda, your risotto looks so creamy and delicous. I love the tinge of green the pureed asparagus adds. I'm making this recipe soon. You and Monique have sold me on this recipe!!

    Your dish is gorgeous. Glad everyone is on the upswing at your home. :)

    P.S. Love the music!

  8. The risotto looks great and I love the addition of asparagus...too good!

  9. What a gorgeous meal! I love risotto. I used to make a wonderful asparagus and white wine soup from the asparagus stems leftover from Easter dinner. Your photos are gorgeous.

  10. Hi must have really tasted good because your pictures look wonderful...With everyone making rissotto I guess I'll have to bit the bullet and try making it without the wine and see what happens...

  11. Thanks for stopping by ladies!

  12. Linda, your blog is wonderful! I can't wait to try your risotto; it's one of my family's favorite dishes.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :-)