Wolfgang Puck's Asparagus Risotto
A Delicious Spring Dish
This spring dish is a family favorite full of vegetables like spinach and asparagus. Make this for your mom for Mother's Day!
Cut off 3-inch asparagus tips and reserve. Chop the remaining stalks, blanch, drain well, and transfer to a blender. Add the spinach and process to a puree. Pass through a fine-mesh strainer. Reserve. Blanch the asparagus tips, drain, and saute in 1 tablespoon each of the butter and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Reserve.
In a medium saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons each of the butter and olive oil. Add the garlic and shallots and saute until soft. Do not brown.
Add the rice and saute until well coated with the oil.
Deglaze with the wine and reduce until almost dry.
Using a 4-ounce ladle, add one ladle of stock to the rice. Stir the rice over medium heat until the stock is absorbed and the rice is almost dry.
Add another ladle of stock and repeat the procedure until you have added a total of 2-1/2 cups of stock, or just until the rice is tender but still firm.
Stir in the reserved vegetable puree.
Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and the Parmesan cheese. Continue to add stock to the desired consistency. It should be moist and creamy but not runny. Season with salt and pepper.
Divide among 4 heated serving plates and garnish with sauteed asparagus tips and fried julienne of leeks, if desired. Serve immediately.
This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.
(Recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck, "Pizza, Pasta & More!" Random House, 2000)
Course: Side Dish