Spring Asparagus Risotto

Courtesy of Chef Lucas Manteca

Spring Asparagus Risotto

Makes 4 servings


2 bunches    Fresh Local Asparagus
1 cup         sour cream
2 cups        heavy cream
2 cups        Arborio rice (risotto rice)
½ cup        diced onion
¼ cup        dice celery
¼ cup        dice fennel
½ cup        lemon juice
2 quarts     vegetable broth
5 slices        proscutto julienne cut
1 cup        cooked blanched peas
1 cup        shaved manchego cheese or parmesan
1 bunch    baby arugula
½ cup        minced mint
½ cup        minced chives
1 cup        fresh toasted bread crumbs
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


In a pot with boiling water, trim woody ends and blanch the asparagus until tender but still with a snap to it, make sure that you shock them in ice water to keep the bright green color and stop the cooking.
Cut in bios all the asparagus tips, about inch and a half from the top and keep aside, dice the rest of the stem and place in the blender with warm heavy cream and sour cream, puree until smooth, season to taste


Start heating up about a ¼ cup of virgin oil in  a medium size pot, add onion, celery and fennel and sweat until translucent, add rice and sweat as well until you can see thru the grain of rice, mixing constantly, add 1/8 cup of lemon juice and in the mean time, heat up your vegetable broth and start adding to the rice enough to get the risotto moist, and at medium low temperature, keep adding as the rice absorbs the liquid. Keep this process until the rice is tender, add the asparagus puree, asparagus tips, peas and herbs, salt and pepper to taste. Stir slowly folding the puree into the rice and making sure that the rice is reaching a creamy consistency, if not add a little more broth.


Pour about one cup per plate, and in a separate bowl mix, arugula, julienne (very thin strips) prosciutto, shaved manchego, one tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, place the little salad on the center of the plate and on top of the risotto, sprinkle toasted breadcrumbs on top and ready to enjoy.

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