Asparagus & Mushroom Risotto
Bring broth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reduce the heat under the liquid to maintain a gentle simmer.Advertisement
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add shallots, garlic and thyme; cook, stirring often, until starting to soften, 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add rice; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring often, until the wine is absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add 1 1/2 cups of the simmering broth and cook, stirring, until it is absorbed. Continue to cook on medium-low, adding broth in 1/2-cup increments, and stirring frequently after each addition, until most of the liquid is absorbed. The risotto is done when all the broth is used and the rice is creamy and just tender, 24 to 28 minutes total.
Stir in the reserved asparagus and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese, parsley and pepper. Serve immediately, sprinkled with more cheese and parsley, if desired.
2 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 high fat meat, 1 fat