So, this one is a bit of a doozy. It’s not something I’d make every day or even on a work night. This one is for a good and chilly Sunday where you want something savory and you have a bit of time to dedicate to it. You’ll also be using a lot of your burners on your stove, so be sure it is ready to go.
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine [a Chardonnay works really nicely here]
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
A pinch of kosher salt
2 cups Arborio rice
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup asparagus tips
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
1. In a medium saucepan with a lid, combine chicken broth and white wine and heat just to simmering. Keep warm.
2. In a large pot, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and sweat until translucent, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the rice and stir. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the grains are translucent around the edges. Be careful not to allow the grains or the onions to brown.
4. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and saute the mushrooms and asparagus tips until cooked. Remove from skillet and place in a bowl and cover with tinfoil.
**Take a look at how full the stovetop will be. If you have too many things going at once, you’re doing it right!
5. Get ready for an upper-body workout! Reduce the heat of the pot to low, and add enough of the wine and chicken stock just to cover the top of the rice. Stir the rice mixture, until the liquid is completely absorbed into rice. Once absorbed, add another amount of liquid just to cover the rice and continue stirring or moving as before.
Give yourself a good 35-45 minutes of stirring and pouring. WARNING: If you dump all of it in at once, it will take twice as long and the rice will be too crunchy. It is worth the wait/bicep improvement, I promise!
6. At this point, there should be just enough liquid left to make it one more stir. Add the asparagus and mushrooms back into the pot with the last bit of liquid and stir all together.
7. Mix in the Parmesan until melted.
8. Add a little extra Parmesan for a garnish and enjoy!
Like I said above, this is a good one for a chilly day where you have some time to dedicate to it. The stirring takes forever, but without it, the rice won’t cook through correctly.
It’s a delicious pasta-like dish that is filling and will warm you up! The mushrooms and asparagus complement each other really nicely in this dish. If you have other veggies you prefer, anything goes well in risotto.