Wolfgang Puck's Vegetable Risotto

Try This Creamy Side Dish

The famed chef cooks up a delicious autumn-themed meal.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

This risotto works great as a side dish or as a main course on chilly fall nights. Make this at your next dinner party or for your family!


  • 1 pound pencil asparagus, trimmed
  • 4 ounces organic spinach, washed, dried, stemmed, blanched, liquid squeezed out
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups organic chicken stock, hot
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • fried julienne of leeks, optional
  • Cooking Directions

    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 sauté 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 sauté until soft. Do not brown.

    Add the rice and sauté 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 sautéed asparagus tips and fried julienne of leeks, if desired. Serve immediately.

    Recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck, "Pizza, Pasta & More!" Random House, 2000.

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: chicken stock, arborio rice, butter, shallots, wine

    Course: Vegetable, Side Dish

    More Info: Kid Friendly

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