Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Serves 6

This risotto is a lot more lemony than you might expect, so get ready for some bracing tang along with the rich cheeses.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°. Set a rack in a rimmed baking sheet and lay prosciutto slices on rack.

Step 2

Arrange asparagus in a single layer on another baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tsp. oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat.

Step 3

Bake prosciutto and asparagus until prosciutto is crisp and very light brown around the edges, about 8 minutes, and asparagus is a little darker and tender when pricked with the tip of a knife, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove both from oven and let cool. When cool enough to handle, cut asparagus into 1-in. pieces. Break prosciutto into small shards.

Step 4

Pour broth into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Step 5

Heat remaining oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until limp but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, until edges turn bright white, 5 minutes. Add wine; bring to a boil and cook until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes.

Step 6

Add one ladleful, about 1/2 cup, of broth to rice and cook, stirring, until almost completely absorbed by rice. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until each addition is absorbed before adding the next, until rice is just tender to the bite, 15 to 30 minutes (you will have broth left over).

Step 7

Stir in mint, ricotta, peas (if using fresh), and lemon juice and stir until most of lemon juice is absorbed. Add butter and shredded cheese; stir until well mixed. Stir in peas (if frozen), asparagus, and pepper to taste.

Step 8

Divide risotto among bowls or plates. Top with prosciutto crisps and sprinkle with shaved cheese. Serve immediately.

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Ratings & Reviews

SuzanneM's Review

June 02, 2013
This was delicious, and garnered many compliments from our guests. We had a smilar dish in Italy which I really wanted to recreate- this was just like i remembered, except for the texture. I would really love a video on this, as perfecting the technique for a successful risotto is still a goal. This was somewhat gummy at the end, and I don't know if it was the additional cheeses and butter, or the way I cooked it. I had intended to cut back on the lemon juice, but I added the whole amount to good effect- it added a nice tang without being overpowering. I will definitely try this again.

portland's Review

March 14, 2012
outstanding. the taste is so refined and and complex. easy to make, will absolutely save to my recipe file