Make the most of the asparagus season with this simple risotto recipe
- 250g (9oz) asparagus
- 100g (4oz) baby spinach leaves
- 100g (4oz) frozen peas
- 100ml (4fl oz) chicken or vegetable stock
- 100g (4oz) peas
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 2tbsp olive oil
If you're a risotto fan, it's worth investing in some decent stock and good-quality Parmesan. It will make all the difference to your finished dish.
Heat the oven to 180 C, 160 C fan, 360 F, gas 4. Take 250g (9oz) asparagus and cut off the tough woody stems. Put the stems into a pan with 100g (4oz) baby spinach leaves and 100g (4oz) frozen peas. Add 100ml (4fl oz) chicken or vegetable stockand cook for 5 minutes until the asparagus is tender. Whizz in a processor to a purée. Blanch the asparagus tips and another 100g (4oz) peas and drain. Gently fry 1 chopped onion and 2 crushed garlic cloves in 2tbsp olive oil for a few minutes to soften. Add 350g (12oz) Arborio risotto rice, 850ml (1½pt) stock and 150ml (¼pt) white wine. Season, bring to the boil, then cover and put in the oven for 15 minutes, until the rice is just tender. Remove from the oven and stir in the asparagus purée, asparagus tips and peas, 100g (4oz) finely grated Parmesan and 50g (2oz) butter. Season, and serve immediately.