Asparagus Risotto

I am currently in Berlin,  where the weather is mild and sunny and the asparagus season has begun.   Every restaurant I have been in is including the Asparagus on the menu,  its picked seasonally and used immediately in all the dishes.   I am a big fan of asparagus, so its only fitting that I include a very tasty little Asparagus Risotto recipe.

This recipe is a wonderful one that is full of flavour and is brilliant as a little midweek treat!,   it takes a little time with all the stirring,  but think of it as a workout before your indulgence and your guilt will just evaporate! 🙂

What do I need?

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 600g risotto rice
  • 250ml white wine
  • 2 bunches of asparagus, sliced
  • 700ml stock
  • 100g butter
  • 60g grated parmesan
  • chopped mint, to serve
  • lemon zest, to serve

What do I do?

  • In a large pan, fry the onion and celery stalks in some olive oil and butter until soft.
  • Get your stock ready and set aside
  • Add the risotto rice, turn up the heat and stir for a minute or so until the rice turns translucent.
  • Add the white wine and stir until evaporated.
  • Add the asparagus and begin to add the stock 1 ladleful at a time, each time wait until the liquid is evaporated before adding another ladle, keep repeating until the rice and asparagus are cooked. Season generously.
  • Turn off the heat and beat in the butter and Parmesan, and sprinkle with chopped mint and lemon zest to finish.

(Photography: David McClelland)



  1. Ilayda Ozsan says:

    Reblogged this on Sağlıklı Ye Mutlu Yaşa and commented:
    I can’t wait to prepare and eat this dish!

  2. Love risotto and asparagus is one of my favourite veg. Could definitely do with some today – the weather in Dublin at the moment is ghastly! It was hailing yesterday and today it’s horrible rain and wind :S

    • seriously,…when is summer going to hurry up and get to Ireland? am loving the sunshine in Berlin, a lovely 17 degrees, big difference that makes me very happy!

      • Normally I’d be incredibly jealous on hearing this but given exams start on Monday, it’s probably for the best that I can’t go outside 😛

  3. I love asparagus as well, and love being in Germany during the spargel season. Your risotto with asparagus sounds good, especially adding the mint.

  4. This risotto sounds perfect for a sunny spring day. It looks stunning, has the fresh spring flavours like mint and asparagus that you crave as soon as the sun starts shining and the comforting nature of a risotto for the slightly miserable and very rainy spring were currently having. Another great recipe

  5. I’ve only recently started making risotto, and I love the texture. I’m a big asparagus fan, too, so this recipe sounds wonderful! (I will have to add it to my list of dishes to try!)

  6. Really looking forward to trying to create this dish, I love both risotto and asparagus so a perfect combo. Enjoy Berlin :))


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