Spring Risotto

Spring Risotto Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Fresh asparagus is most economical in the spring when it's in season.


4 servings
Total time: 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 398
Fat 14.2 g
Satfat 4.3 g
Monofat 5.6 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 17 g
Carbohydrate 53.2 g
Fiber 7.6 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Iron 4.4 mg
Sodium 748 mg
Calcium 169 mg


1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 3/4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme


1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add asparagus, and cook for 2 minutes. Drain. Bring 2 cups water and chicken broth to a simmer in a saucepan.

2. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil, and swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 4 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in rice, edamame, and salt; cook for 1 minute. Stir in 1 cup broth mixture; cook for 4 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until liquid is absorbed before adding more (about 20 minutes total).

3. Stir in asparagus, cream cheese, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Spoon 1 cup risotto into each of 4 bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese; sprinkle evenly with thyme.

Julianna Grimes,

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April 2011
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