1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
To prepare vegetables, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and next 4 ingredients (asparagus through garlic); cook 10 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Set aside; keep warm.
To prepare risotto, combine water and broth in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.
Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add rice; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine, and cook 1 minute. Stir in 1 cup broth mixture, and cook 4 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes total). Stir in 1/4 cup cheese, thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Divide the risotto evenly among 6 plates; top each serving with vegetables. Sprinkle servings evenly with 1/4 cup cheese.
Very nice flavors in the rice. The veggies on top were fine, but I may sub other veggies that we like better than yellow squash - like mushrooms. I varied the recipe by adding a little chopped shrimp to the veggies in the last 3 minutes of cooking. We really liked what the shrimp added & ate it as a main dish. Served with a green salad and asiago toasts. We plan to make again!
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