Asparagus-Mushroom Risotto with ParmesanPosted: August 22, 2013
I love risotto. I love everything about risotto. The comfort food feel you get from it. The rich taste. The creamy texture. My risotto recipes have been “go to”s for me for years. And I completely forgot I had this one. The kicker, the rice you use has to be pre-cooked. Um, what? Who has time for that? That’s when the little light bulb went “Pop” over my head. I don’t own a rice cooker for nothing! Wow, what a huge difference that made. And I could have the rice cooker going while I was prepping and cooking the asparagus and mushrooms. Brilliant!
2 tsp olive oil
2 shallots chopped
2 minced garlic cloves
6 cups sliced mushrooms (any combination cremini, oyster, etc.)
1 tsp dried thyme
4 cups cooked Arborio rice (I doubled this because it was our main dish for dinner, if you’d like it as a side, reduce to 2 cups)
1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth (use vegetable broth for vegetarian version)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
To cook the Arborio in the rice cooker, I added 2 cups of rice and 5 cups of chicken broth (had I read ahead, i would have used beef broth, but I don’t think it had a huge impact on the taste). The very basic cooker I have has an on / off and warming button (I’m hoping to get an upgrade, *hint hint to my Hubs). So I just hit the on button and let it do its work while I prepped the rest of the meal.
Heat olive oil in large stock pot over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic. Cook 1 minute until garlic is fragrant. Add mushrooms and saute about 5 minutes, until tender and releasing juice. Add thyme and cook 1 minute. Add rice, broth, and asparagus and bring to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes. Stir in parmesan and chopped parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 15 minutes
*Derived from Robin Miller / Food Network
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