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Asparagus risotto

Points® value
Total Time
49 min
15 min
34 min
Creamy and rich. Make this recipe as written or use white wine instead of lemon juice and swap spinach for the asparagus.*


Table salt

tsp(s), or to taste


1 cup(s), trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces

Unsalted butter

1 stick(s)


3 small, minced

Uncooked arborio rice

1½ cup(s)

Fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp(s)

Chicken broth

4 cup(s)

Grated Parmesan cheese

oz, such as Parmigianno-Reggiano

Table salt

1 tsp(s)

Black pepper

pinch(es), or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Add asparagus to pot; blanch for 2 minutes. Immediately remove asparagus from pot and place them into ice water (to stop them from cooking and help retain their bright green color); set aside.
  2. Coat a medium pot with cooking spray and set over medium heat; melt butter. Add shallots; cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add rice and toss to coat; cook for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice; cook, until all lemon juice has been absorbed, stirring continuously so rice does not stick to sides of pot, about 1 minute.
  3. Meanwhile, bring broth to a simmer; keep warm.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of hot broth to pot at a time; stir until absorbed. Repeat with remaining broth, making sure each addition of broth is absorbed before adding more. This process takes about 20 minutes.
  5. When rice turns creamy and just done (should be slightly chewy and not mushy), remove pot from heat; add cheese and stir well. Stir in asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Yields 1 scant cup per serving.


*Could affect Points values.