Classic Vegetarian Dish

Vegetarian Asparagus Risotto

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Vegetarian Asparagus Risotto
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Health Score:
6,5 / 10
40 min.

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If you don't have any asparagus you can substitute any green vegetable, such as broccoli or zucchini. 


500 grams Asparagus
1 pinch sugar
2 shallots
2 Tbsps butter
300 grams Arborio rice (short-grain rice)
250 milliliters white wine
500 milliliters Vegetable broth
40 grams Parmesan
freshly ground peppers
2 Tbsps Pine nuts
4 Tbsps Parmesan (for sprinkling)
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Preparation steps


Rinse asparagus, snap off ends and peel the lower thirds. Slice off asparagus tips and set aside. Cut stalks into 0.5-cm (1/4-inch) thick slices. Bring 250 ml (approximately 1 cup) water to a boil. Season with a little salt and sugar. Add asparagus tips and cook until al dente, bout 5 minutes. Lift asparagus pieces out and rinse with cold water. Reserve asparagus cooking water.


Peel and finely dice shallots. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a pan until foamy. Add shallots and asparagus slices and sauté. Add rice and sauté briefly. In a pan, combine wine, reserved asparagus cooking water, and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and keep warm. Add 2 ladlefuls of hot broth into rice and cook, stirring frequently, until almost all liquid is absorbed.


Continue to add broth in this manner and cook until rice is al dente, about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in reserved asparagus tips, remaining butter and Parmesan. Season risotto with salt and pepper, divide among warmed plates and serve sprinkled with pine nuts and Parmesan.