spring risotto of asparagus, peas & ramps

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Author Notes: I learned how to make a proper risotto while in Florence the summer after my junior year of high school at Apicius Culinary Institute. Ever since that summer, I have made many a risotto using the tips that were passed along to me and the other students, the most important being: stir, stir, stir. Attend to your risotto and you will achieve a perfectly creamy consistency. While at the Union Square Greenmarket one recent weekend, I picked up asparagus and ramps and decided upon making a spring risotto. It was truly spring in a bowl. And, the ramps were an even better addition than I might have imagined. Enjoy! gourmettenyc

Serves 4

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 6 cups broth (vegetable or chicken broth)
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano, grated
  • 1 bunch ramps, cleaned, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, leaving green tops intact
  • 1 bunch green asparagus, trimmed, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parmigiano reggiano to garnish
  1. Heat the broth over low heat.
  2. Over medium heat, sauté the finely chopped onion in olive oil, until translucent. Add the garlic. Continue stirring for another minute. Add the rice, stirring until the grains become translucent. Add the white wine.
  3. Once the wine is absorbed, add a cup of the warm broth, continually stirring. As the rice absorbs the broth, continue adding a cup of broth at a time, constantly stirring until the rice is al dente (approximately 30 minutes).
  4. Incorporate the 1/4 of parmigiano reggiano, ramps, asparagus, peas, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir for 1 to 2 minutes until the green tops of the ramps are wilted, and the asparagus and the peas are cooked, yet still crisp.
  5. Transfer to individual bowls or one large serving dish. Garnish with shavings of fresh parmigiano reggiano. Serve immediately.

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