Risotto with asparagus and saffron pistils

by | First courses

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 70 g of Carnaroli rice
  • 20 ml of white wine
  • 50 g of green asparagus
  • 1 scallion
  • 250 ml of asparagus stock
  • 30 g of grated Parmesan cheese 10 saffron pistils
  • 30 g of butter
  • 20 ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper


Prepare the asparagus stock: wash and trim the asparagus, eliminating the tougher end of the stems.
Put the discarded parts in a casserole, add 1 liter of non-salted water and bring to a boil. Cook
for 30 minutes and, only in the end, add salt to taste.

Prepare the risotto: peel the scallion, remove the tougher outermost layers and chop it nely. Heat the oil and 10 g of butter in
a casserole. When the butter is melted and bubbly, add the scallion and let it cook down for a short time. In the meantime, dice the trimmed asparagus stems and keep the tips aside. Add the diced asparagus to the scallion and let it develop color. Add the rice and the saffron pistils, let the rice toast for about 1 minute. Then pour in the white wine and, while stirring, let the alcohol cook out before adding a ladle
of asparagus stock. Keep stirring and let the risotto cook for 15 minutes over medium heat, adding more stock when it starts to dry out. 5 minutes before the rice is ready, toss the asparagus tips in boiling water and, once they are cooked, drain them and dress them with oil, salt, and pepper.
Once the risotto is ready, take it off the stove, add the remaining butter, the grated Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt, then sprinkle with pepper and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil.

Let it sit for 5 minutes, allowing the cheese and butter to melt and give the risotto its creamy texture.

Plate the dish: put the risotto on a plate and garnish it with the dressed asparagus tips.

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