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Recipe for Asparagus Risotto

Serves 4

  • 1 large bundle of asparagus
  • 200g (7oz) Arborio rice
  • 1 glass of dry white wine
  • 50g (2oz) butter
  • 1 onion
  • 700ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 50g (2oz) Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cut or break off the woody stalks of the asparagus and put with the stock, bring it to the boil and simmer for about half an hour. Chop the main stalks of the asparagus thinly, but leave the tips whole. Cook the tips in boiling water for just 2 minutes. Refresh under cold water, drain and reserve until you have made the risotto. Chop the onion finely and using a heavy-based pan melt the butter and fry the onions gently until translucent. Add the rice and stir until well coated with the butter and onions. Pour in the wine and allow to bubble gently until evaporated. Add the thinly chopped stalks of the asparagus and give it a good stir. With the stock just at simmering point start adding a ladle of the stock, stir until it is absorbed, but make sure the heat is not too high. As soon as the stock has been absorbed, add another ladleful and continue to repeat this process until the stock is finished. Throughout the cooking of the rice, you must stir constantly. After 15 minutes, taste, the rice should be al dente, which means tender not firm to the bite, but not chalky. Cook for a few more minutes if needed and add boiling water if no stock is left, add the reserved asparagus tips and take off the heat. Lastly, stir in the Parmesan cheese and now check for seasoning. Enjoy!


Farm Shops near London

The following farm shops in London sell ingredients used in Asparagus Risotto:

Birchden Farm - Farm Shop near London

Birchden Farm

Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex

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Haven Farm Shop - Farm Shop near London

Haven Farm Shop

Maidstone, Kent

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Farmers Markets near London

The following farmers markets in London sell ingredients used in Asparagus Risotto:

Guildford Farmers Market - Farmers Market near London

Guildford Farmers Market

Guildford, Surrey

The popular market gives people the chance to stock up with high quality, locally produced fare, inc...