Easy Asparagus Risotto Recipe

Winter is finally over, and it’s time to set aside the hearty comfort food. The days are longer, the sun is shining, and fresh produce is taking over our kitchens. What better way to welcome the warmer weather than with a light & oh-so delicioso asparagus risotto. This perfectly succulent risotto takes us on a Mediterranean journey to the coast of beautiful Italy. Ready? Let’s get cooking!

Serves 4


  • 350 g (12 oz) of asparagus
  • 4 slices of pancetta and 70 g (2.5 oz) of thinly diced pancetta
  • 3 fresh onions
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 320 g (11oz) of carnaroli rice or risotto rice
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1.5 litres of chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons of mascarpone cheese
  • A few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese
  • Zest of half an orange 
Credit: Marmiton

Prepping the asparagus
Wash the asparagus thoroughly. Fry them quickly with olive oil and a pinch of salt, turn them over delicately, making sure they remain green and crunchy (al dente!). Once done, separate the asparagus into four small bundles and wrap each bundle with a slice of pancetta.

Risotto preparation
Dice the onions and the remaining pancetta. Sauté them in a thick-bottomed pan with 6 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the risotto rice, mix well, each grain must look translucent and pearly. Pour in one cup of white wine and let it evaporate.

Pour in the chicken broth one spoonful at a time (a ladle, the big soup-serving spoon), stir, and wait for the broth to be absorbed before pouring the next spoonful. Towards the end, add the remaining asparagus. Remove the pot from the fire, mix in the mascarpone cheese. Lastly add 4 tablespoons of parmesan cheese and mix quickly, yet delicately (you don’t want to damage the asparagus). Place the risotto on a plate and garnish with a sliver of orange zest, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and season with pepper.

Bon appétit! 


Source: http://madame.lefigaro.fr


Adapted from French by Jonelle Larouche

Written by Pauline Ponchaux

Straight from Northern France, Pauline has great admiration for “baked-just-right-baguettes”, waffles, and sweets at brunch. Films from the '80s and '90s are almost a religion, and she adores reciting memorized lines from her favourite movies at any given time. Since she moved to Quebec, Pauline has developed a passionate curiosity for the reoccurring discrepancies between the “current temperature” and the “feels like temperature” advertised on The Weather Network. She also likes: reading in the metro, strumming the strings of her ukulele while dreaming of beaches and sunshine, trips to exotic places, Barcelona and Güell architecture (and let’s not forget sangria of course), cats, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, and The Beatles.

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