I love risotto. It is incredibly flexible where a wide variety of combinations can combine to create some amazing dishes. In fact, last month when I was in Chicago for work I was in a cooking competition. Our team had flank steak, bell peppers, and potatoes as our ingredients. I led our team choosing between a Southwest or Asian flavored plate. We chose Southwest and went witha beer marinated flank steak, roasted potatoes and to top everything off stuffed bell peppers.
I had found some risotto, cilantro, tomatoes and onions that we used to stuff the peppers with then topping them with a slice of Manchego cheese. One of my coworkers had never made risotto and so I worked with her on adding chicken stock to the risotto and she came away proud she made it for the first time. Hopefully, she tried doing it again at work.
Here’s a video of my sharing our team’s creation that evening.
It was a fun evening an another example of how versatile risotto can be.
Tonight though I wanted a simple though flavorful risotto for dinner. I found some great asparagus at Erewhon market in Los Angeles this afternoon. Perfect for a risotto.
- 2 cups uncooked risotto
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup Parmasen cheese
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1 bunch asparagus, cooked
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- In a stockpot heat the butter on medium-high heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook for a couple minutes until the onion is translucent and do not burn the garlic. Pour in the white wine and add risotto.
- Let the risotto absorb the white wine and then cook the risotto adding the vegetable stock 1 cup at a time and continue stirring. Each time let the risotto cook absorbing the stock and add more stock as the liquid cooks away. Eventually after all the vegetable stock has been added taste the risotto. It should be soft. If necessary add another 1/2 cup of broth or water.
- Add the cooked asparagus and Parmesan cheese. Mix together and cook with cooked risotto for 1 minute.
- Serve with some grated Parmesan cheese and sourdough bread.