Risotto with Asparagus

Submitted by CPR Family

Serves 2

  • 10 asparagus* spears trimmed, cut into 3/4-inch pieces, cooked and rinsed in cold water
  • 32 ounces  Low-Sodium Chicken Broth, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup uncooked Carolina Plantation Carolina Gold Rice
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives (optional)

While preparing asparagus, heat broth to a simmer in a small covered pot and hold there. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add rice and cook 2 minutes, stirring often.

Add 1/2 cup simmering broth while stirring constantly, shaking pan forward and back as you do, until absorbed, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup more broth and repeat the process. Continue repeating until rice is just tender and risotto is creamy and loose, about 20 minutes more.

Reserve any remaining broth for another use.

Remove pot from heat and stir in 1/3 cup cheese, asparagus and salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer risotto to bowls and garnish with remaining cheese and chives.

Serve immediately.

*Substitute using frozen green beans, fresh peas or the mushrooms