Fresh asparagus is most economical in the spring when it's in season.
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
How to Make It
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.
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).
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.
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This is delicious, but I will admit to making a couple of adjustments: I added some white wine along with the chicken stock when I was stirring the risotto; and, instead of adding the low-fat cream cheese at the end, I stirred in a tablespoon of butter. The fresh thyme at the end is just right. Will definitely make again.
I loved this. I used all chicken broth and no water for richer flavor.and didn't have light cream cheese (just used regular) and forgot the thyme. I loved the aspargus and edamame, mine was creamy and my rice was fine. A lot of prep work but easy once you get going...but you must stir constantly to get it right. Yummy!
The recipe was just a little too bland for me. It's missing something. I didn't have any problem as some of the others in managing the liquid and absorption but it just didn't thrill me. I'll have to think about it and what I might be able to do to give it more pep.
I really liked this recipe. When I made it, the liquid called for seemed to be enough. It was a bit of work to get the dish going, but then after that was not too bad. I would definitely make this again. My husband loved it.