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
yellow onion, finely chopped
extra virgin olive oil
garlic clove, minced
broth (vegetable or chicken broth)
parmigiano reggiano, grated
ramps, cleaned, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, leaving green tops intact
green asparagus, trimmed, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
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.
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).
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.
Transfer to individual bowls or one large serving dish. Garnish with shavings of fresh parmigiano reggiano. Serve immediately.
I'm Laura Loesch-Quintin, a food writer and photographer, as well as the voice behind the recipe blog gourmette•nyc. Originally from Philadelphia, I was raised in a French-American household where vinaigrette, cornichons, and clafoutis were (and still are) staples. When not cooking, writing, or photographing, I can usually be found exploring the food markets of New York City.