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Baked Risotto with Grilled Asparagus

Our oven-baked risotto eliminates the need for constant stirring. On the stovetop, sauté the vegetables and stir in the rice, wine and broth. Then cover and bake in the oven until the rice is tender. Just before serving, stir in grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, butter and grilled asparagus.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 leeks, white and light green portions, halved, rinsed well and thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio or Carnaroli rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 1/4 cups chicken broth, warmed
  • 1 1/2 lb. asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 Tbs. cold unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 400°F.

In a 3 1/2-quart wide Dutch oven over medium heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme and salt and cook for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine and cook for 1 minute. Stir in 3 cups of the broth, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot, transfer to the oven and bake, stirring once halfway through, until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes.

Coat the asparagus with the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Preheat a stovetop grill pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, grill the asparagus, turning occasionally, until tender, 7 to 8 minutes per batch. Cut the asparagus on the bias into 2-inch lengths.

Stir the remaining 1 1/4 cups broth into the risotto, then stir in the cheese, butter, asparagus, salt and pepper. Spoon the risotto into warmed bowls and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

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