March 30, 2012

LSL {Foodie Friday} - Asparagus & Lemon Risotto with Arugula

Happy Friday! Did anyone else feel like this week completely dragged on? Gosh it felt like Monday was about a month ago. And sadly nothing in particular made is seem super long, work was the same, social life, same there too. Oh well. However, I am very thankful it is finally Friday, which means two of my favorite things will be happening, Foodie Friday and weekend time!

This Foodie Friday is a very tasty sounding dish from the creator of the website, Veggie Belly. There she showcases a great deal of delectable sounding vegetarian and vegan recipes. I highly suggest you jot on over to her site where you can find many more scrumptious sounding meals as well as valuable tips for vegetarian cooking.

Asparagus and Lemon Risotto with Arugula Recipe

serves about 4

10 cups vegetable stock

1 1/2 cups chopped asparagus

4 tablespoons butter

2 cups arborio or carnaroli or vialone rice

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup arugula leaves, shredded

1/4 cup or more grated Parmesan

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon lemon zest


Place vegetable stock on a large pot and bring to a gentle boil. Place the chopped asparagus in the stock and blanch for about a minute. Asparagus should be bright green and still crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove the asparagus from the stock and keep aside. Reduce heat and keep the stock on simmer.

In a skillet, heat the butter and add arborio rice. Stir the rice on medium heat for about 2 minutes, or until it is fragrant (but don’t let the rice brown). Add wine to the rice and let is bubble away. When most the wine has evaporated, add one ladle of the simmering stock to the rice. Cook on medium-high heat. When the rice has absorbed most the stock, add another ladle full of stock. Repeat this process until the rice has cooked through (you may not use up all the stock). Check the rice for its doneness as you go. When the rice is done, stir in arugula, parmesan, lemon juice, zest and salt.

Doesn't this look tasty? Too bad you can't take a spoon to your computer screen and taste it. You know, just to make sure it's not poisonous! ;)

Happy Weekend and Bon Appetit!


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