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Lemon Asparagus Risotto Recipe - A real treat and super easy. I love this one! | www.lakesidetable.com
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Lemon Asparagus Risotto Recipe

The bright, fresh flavors of asparagus and lemon permeate this creamy rice dish.  Try not to rush this dish, it is WORTH the time it takes to make it!  | www.lakesidetable.com
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 287 kcal
Author Madalaine


  • 20 fresh asparagus spears trimmed
  • 5-6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Place a steamer insert into saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer.  Bring water to a boil, add asparagus, cover, and steam until tender (about 5 minutes).  Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces; set aside.
  2. Heat chicken broth in a saucepan over medium heat; keep at a simmer while preparing risotto.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Cook and stir onion and celery until tender, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and black pepper.  Stir in garlic and Arborio rice.  Cook and stir until rice is lightly toasted, about 5 minutes more.
  4. Pour white wine into rice mixture, stirring constantly, until liquid is evaporated, about 5 minutes.  Stir chicken broth into rice, one ladleful at a time, allowing liquid to absorb completely before adding more while stirring constantly, about 20 minutes.  

  5. When you get to your last ladle of broth, add the asparagus. Continue to gently stir in the last amount of liquid. Taste the risotto. If it is the least bit crunchy, continue to stir in more broth. Do this until its consistency is creamy and the texture of the rice is delicate and soft.

  6. Remove from heat and mix in parmesan cheese, lemon juice and lemon zest. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Asparagus Risotto Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 220mg10%
Potassium 302mg9%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.