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Roasted Asparagus Risotto

Roasted Asparagus Risotto

We were at the grocery store and I spotted fresh bunches of asparagus, one of my favorite spring vegetables. We bought a bunch to make make Roasted Asparagus Risotto. Risotto is always comforting and the roasted asparagus adds a nice touch of spring.

I was feeling decent, so I made the risotto. I thought the stirring would take all of my energy, but it actually felt good to be back in the kitchen. Josh joined me for lunch and we enjoyed our spring risotto with a salad on the side. The meal hit the spot.

Roasted asparagus risotto is a great dish for spring. Buy a beautiful bunch of asparagus and get cooking!

Roasted Asparagus Risotto

Yield: Serves 6

Cook Time: about 30 minutes


10 asparagus spears, ends cut off
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 cups vegetable broth
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place asparagus spears on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes, tossing once, until very tender. Set aside.

3. To make the risotto, heat the vegetable broth in a medium sauce pan. Simmer on low while you make risotto.

4. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter and saute the onion  and garlic on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.  Add the rice and stir until all of the grains are coated with butter. Add the white wine and cook for about 2 minutes. Add one cup of broth to the rice and stir with a wooden spoon until the broth is absorbed. Continue to add the broth, one cup at a time. Keep stirring the risotto. When the mixture starts to dry out, add more broth. Continue until the rice is cooked, this will take about 30 minutes.

5. Remove pan from the heat. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Cut the asparagus into bite size pieces and stir into the risotto. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.

If you like this Roasted Asparagus Risotto, you might also like:

Roasted Sweet Potato and Spinach Risotto from Two Peas and Their Pod
Asparagus Risotto from A Veggie Venture
Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto from We are Not Martha

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62 Responses to “Roasted Asparagus Risotto”

  1. DessertForTwo — March 23, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    You’re teasing me! It’ll be a few more weeks before asparagus season starts here :( But when it does, I’ll be making this for sure!

  2. jenna laughs — March 23, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    Lovely! I absolutely adore risotto. Amazing how rice gets so creamy, thick and beautiful.

  3. The Italian Dish — March 23, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    One of my favorite spring dishes!

  4. El — March 23, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    I love asparagus risotto. I can’t wait until it’s in season here!

  5. Susan — March 23, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Bookmarked! We have a couple of asparagus beds in the garden – now they can’t get here fast enough!

  6. Cookin' Canuck — March 23, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    I adore asparagus risotto and can’t wait to get my hands on the first batch of asparagus. I like the use of your new table as a background for the photo.

  7. Erica — March 23, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better!! The risotto looks very yummy- one of my favorite dishes! I always try to add some sort of green veggie to mine. Asparagus is perfect

  8. teresa — March 23, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    Oh I do hope you continue to feel better~I HEART risotto! Such a COMFORT! xo

  9. Lesley Lifting Life — March 23, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    I just got some risotto the other day that I haven’t used yet, and asparagus is the perfect thing to have at the beginning of spring … bookmarking this one! :)

  10. Kalynskitchen — March 23, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    It certainly looks delicious!

  11. Lynn — March 23, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Asparagus in the grocery store is one of my favorite signs of spring!

  12. Amanda — March 23, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Yay you!! Getting your appetite back is wonderful!! And beautiful recipe as well!

  13. Heather @ Heather's Dish — March 23, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    I adore every ingredient in this dish! Sounds like perfection to me!

  14. Jenny Flake — March 23, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    Definitely a gorgeous recipe!

  15. EatLiveRun — March 23, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    this is perfect for Spring!

  16. Tracey — March 23, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Asparagus is my favorite spring veggie, especially when roasted. Your risotto is perfect!

  17. Caroline @ A Cozy Kitchen — March 23, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Oh, I love asparagus and risotto! This looks delicious!

  18. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 23, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    Roasting is my favorite preparation for asparagus. I could probably eat a whole baking tray of it right by myself :-)

  19. Maris (In Good Taste) — March 23, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    I can’t remember if I commented on your last post but YAY for your big news! Congratulations!

    • Maria replied: — March 23rd, 2011 @ 10:31 am

      Thanks Maris!

  20. Jessica @ How Sweet — March 23, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    I’m assuming that picture is taken on your new table – love it!!

  21. I’ve always wanted to make asparagus risotto – This looks delicious! I must try it sometime soon.

  22. Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 23, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    LOVE asparagus risotto. My kind of dish :)

  23. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 23, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    sounds wonderful!! Hope you are feeling well

  24. Andrea @ Vegvacious — March 23, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    You have combined 2 of my favourite all-time foods – risotto and asparagus! I love it when asparagus comes into the season – it’s one of the best times of the year :-)

  25. Shaina — March 23, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Asparagus risotto is one of my favorite spring meals. Yours look gorgeous!

  26. A lovely risotto Maria :)

  27. Ashley @perfectleypeared — March 23, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    This looks gorgeous and delicious! I’m drooling right now! I hear making risotto is hard though – hope I can conquer it.

  28. Charissa — March 23, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    That is so beautiful…I can’t wait to make a risotto now!

  29. CookiePie — March 23, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    What a lovely spring dish!

  30. Feast on the Cheap — March 23, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    Fresh asparagus…which means one thing, spring is really here!

  31. pigpigscorner — March 23, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    I’ve been seeing some asparagus on sale too, time for some asparagus goodies!

  32. Tracy — March 23, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    Sounds lovely!

  33. Joanne — March 23, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Asparagus is definitely my favorite spring veggie and risotto seems like the perfect preparation for it! Yum.

  34. Christina — March 23, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    I love asparagus! I picked up a bundle this weekend too! :)

  35. Aggie — March 23, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    asparagus is one of my favorite veggies! especially roasted! so happy you were feeling good enough to be back in kitchen!

  36. Cynthia — March 23, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    Asparagus is one of my favorite spring veggies. This dish looks so good!

  37. Allison [Haute Box] — March 23, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    Looks great!

  38. Good to hear you are getting your appetite back a little. This sounds like a lovely spring meal.

  39. Blond Duck — March 24, 2011 @ 4:49 am

    I’ve always wanted to try risotto!

  40. Katrina — March 24, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    What a great recipe! I’ve never tried asparagus in my risotto before, but love the look of this! A must try :)

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