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Asparagus Risotto

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  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 5
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It's Italian! From its creamy texture and slow cooking to its flavours of garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan, this side dish is a keeper.
Created Mar 31, 2014
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  • 3 cups (750 mL) reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups (750 mL) water
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup/125 mL)
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) shredded carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) dry white wine or reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 3/4 cup (425 mL) uncooked Arborio or other short grain rice
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) cooked fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated fresh Parmesan cheese


  • 1
    In 3- to 4-quart saucepan, heat broth and water to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer while preparing risotto.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion and carrot are tender. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute or until wine boils. Stir in rice, salt and 1 cup simmering liquid. Cook until liquid is absorbed into rice, stirring frequently. Continue to add liquid, 1 cup at a time, cooking until liquid is absorbed and stirring frequently.
  • 3
    When 4 cups liquid have been absorbed, stir in asparagus. Test rice for doneness, and continue adding 1/2 cup liquid at a time until rice is tender but still firm and creamy (process takes 15 to 20 minutes).
  • 4
    Remove skillet from heat. Stir in pine nuts and cheese. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    How To: To toast pine nuts, cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until light brown.
  • Tip 2
    Did You Know: Take your time with risotto--the secret to the creamy texture is a combination of slowly adding the liquid and constant stirring.

Nutrition Information

350 Calories, 8g Total Fat, 13g Protein, 58g Total Carbs, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 5 servings (1 1/4 cups each)
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
Trans Fat
Total Carbs
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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