Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

It's Italian! From its creamy texture and slow cooking to its flavors of garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan, this side dish is a keeper.

Prep Time

45

Minutes

Total Time

45

Minutes

Makes

5

servings

3
cups Progresso® reduced-sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton) or vegetable broth
3
cups water
1
tablespoon butter or margarine
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4
cup shredded carrot
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4
cup dry white wine, Progresso® reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1
package (12 oz) uncooked Arborio or other short-grain rice
1/4
teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
1
box (9 oz) Cascadian Farm® frozen organic asparagus cuts, thawed
2
tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2
oz shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)
  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.
Makes 5 servings (1 1/4 cups each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
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.
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:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 350
    • (Calories from Fat 70),
  • Total Fat 8g
    • (Saturated Fat 3 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 780mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 58g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 2g),
  • Protein 13g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 3 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 4;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.