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This Asparagus Risotto with Pecorino Romano recipe yields a creamy rich delicious dish that can be served as a side or star alone as its own entree.
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Asparagus Risotto with Pecorino Romano

Asparagus risotto with pecorino romano is the perfect side dish to go with any main course.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6


  • 4 cups asparagus ends trimmed, cut into 1 inch pieces, divided
  • 4 cups chicken stock divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped, approximately 2 cups
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 ounces pecorino romano cheese microplaned or grated fine
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper to taste


  • In blender, combine 1 cup asparagus and 1 cup chicken stock, process until smooth. You want to do this to infuse that wonderful asparagus flavor into your risotto. I medium saucepan, combine with remaining 3 cups of stock and simmer over low heat.
  • In a medium sized heavy bottom stockpot or dutch oven, saute onion and garlic in butter over medium high heat until lightly brown, 5-6 minutes.
  • Add rice and stir for 1 minute. You want rice to get slightly browned.
  • Add wine and stir until liquid is absorbed, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup of asparagus stock mixture and continue stirring until liquid is absorbed. Continue to add stock mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until liquid is absorbed, until all liquid has been added to rice, approximately 30 minutes.
  • Turn off heat. Add remaining asparagus, 3 ounces of the shredded cheese, heavy cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and allow to rest.
  • Top with microplaned pecorino romano cheese. Recipe reserves an ounce for this. Feel free to go crazy and use much more. I always do.


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1104IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 5mg