Creamy asparagus risotto, cooked with fresh herbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano and a touch of lemon. Perfect Spring meatless main dish or wonderful topped with grilled shrimp or scallops.
If you're looking for unique asparagus recipes aside from grilling or roasting, give this a try! Asparagus is the perfect addition to risotto in this light dish. A few other risotto favorites are
Butternut Squash Risotto
Creamy Mushroom Risotto
Seared Scallops over wilted Spinach and Parmesan Risotto.
It's March which means Spring is in the air. Asparagus season begins and this Italian rice dish is a great way to enjoy it. Because this risotto recipe is so simple, I like to use the freshest ingredients. The easiest way to do that is cook with seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs and good quality cheese.
Risotto can be a labor of love, it's not the kind of dish you turn on and walk away from, but instead slowly cooked with ladle-fuls of broth, adding more each time it's absorbed. Just before the last ladle, you add the fresh asparagus to the last five minutes of cooking time and finish it with a touch of lemon juice and lemon zest.
Asparagus Health Benefits
This spear-shaped veggie is an awesome weapon for your health. It's packed with disease-fighting nutrients including fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K and glutathione, a detoxifying compound that may protect against certain types of cancer. And it's loaded with age-defying antioxidants that work to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals in your body. Look for spears with tight buds and firm stalks without wrinkles.