Spring Risotto with Asparagus and Herbs

todayFebruary 17, 2021

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Spring Risotto with Asparagus and Herbs

Submitted by Scott Keller

Serving Size: 4


  • 4 Tbs. (2 fl. oz./60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups (14 oz./440 g) Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) white wine
  • 4 cups (32 fl. oz./1 l) vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, stalks cut on the diagonal into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup (5 oz./150 g) fresh shelled English peas or thawed frozen peas
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish


  1. Set an electric pressure cooker to “sauté” according to the manufacturer’s instructions and warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the rice and stir until each grain is well coated with oil and translucent with a white dot in the center, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and stir until the liquid is reduced, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, lock the lid into place and cook on high pressure according to the manufacturer’s instructions for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a sauté pan over medium heat, warm the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil. Add the asparagus and cook until just crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
  3. Release the pressure according to the manufacturer’s instructions and remove the lid. Stir in the lemon juice, butter, Parmesan, asparagus, peas, parsley and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among 4 warmed bowls. Garnish with more Parmesan, parsley, mint and the lemon zest and serve immediately.

Additional Tips: Substitute different vegetables depending on what is in the house at the time, including fresh mushrooms, occasionally leeks, fennel etc….

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