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Mushroom-Asparagus Risotto

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 as a main, or 6 as a first course

Baldo rice is a great pick for this simple springtime risotto because it releases enough starch as it cooks to warrant only frequent—not constant—stirring, making this less labor intensive than most risottos.


  • 7 cups lower-salt chicken or vegetable broth
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/4 cups minced shallots
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 7 oz. white, cremini, oyster, or portobello mushrooms, stemmed, cleaned, and coarsely chopped (2 cups)
  • 12-1/4 oz. (1-3/4 cups) Turkish baldo rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 oz. medium asparagus spears (about 10), trimmed and cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
  • 1 oz. Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (1 cup using a rasp grater)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 390
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 120
  • Fat (g): 13
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8
  • Cholesterol (mg): 5
  • Sodium (mg): 320
  • Carbohydrates (g): 52
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 14


  • Put the broth in a 3-quart saucepan, add a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil over high heat; lower the heat to maintain a simmer.
  • Heat the oil in a wide, heavy-duty 5- to 6-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, lower the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until softened and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, raise the heat to high, and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 2 minutes. Lower the heat to medium, add the rice, and cook, stirring often, until the rice is lightly toasted, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the wine and cook, stirring, until most of it is absorbed, about 30 seconds.
  • Stir about 1-1/2 cups of the simmering broth into the rice. Lower the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until most of the broth is absorbed, about 1 minute. Add another 1-1/2 cups broth and cook, stirring frequently, until most of it is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Repeat the process once or twice more, tasting the rice every few minutes after the third broth addition until it’s just shy of firm to the bite but without a crunchy center, about 12 minutes after the first addition of broth.
  • Stir in the asparagus and 1 cup broth. Cover, lower the heat to the low, and cook until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the rice is tender but with some resistance, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and fold in the cheese. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and serve right away, sprinkled with black pepper.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • GenevieGPadgett | 10/30/2018

    I love mushroom recipes.

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    TheMomChef | 04/13/2013

    Absolutely delicious. I love the quicker cooking method that still lets me have a fantastically creamy risotto. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/15aB1yj

  • MargeS | 03/23/2013

    This is delicious and relatively easy. I used a bit more mushroom and asparagus than the recipe calls for in order to increase vegetable content. Will definitely repeat!

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