Lunch with Mario Batali: Asparagus Risotto

I’ve roasted it, tossed it into salads, and stuffed it in enchiladas. But truthfully, I don’t usually do much with asparagus besides steam them and dunk ’em in mayonnaise.

My neighborhood’s Gourmet Club had our monthly dinner last weekend (Tuscan-Themed) and Asparagus Risotto was one of the dishes served. It was so delicious with our Lamb Osso Buco that I decided to make it for myself this week. It turned out to be quite a nice lunch that I prepared especially for… Me. Yep, just me and Mario Batali (er rather, his recipe).

Here’s the How-To on how to prepare Asparagus Risotto:
Here’s what you’ll need… dry white wine, olive oil, asparagus stalks & tips, Parmesan, butter, red onion, broth/stock and risotto.
Some of the asparagus stalks are pureed with a small amount of water.
Red onion is sauteed in butter & olive oil.
Risotto is then mixed in… wine poured over and stirred until evaporated.
Grab a large cup of patience… and a half cup of warmed chicken broth. Add a half cup of broth and stir fairly often until the broth becomes absorbed. Repeat with another half cup, etc., etc…. for 15 minutes. Don’t leave it all alone on the stove. Give it your full attention for best results ๐Ÿ™‚

Dear Mario, Yes, I’m aware that this risotto would be infinitely better if I had used a rich and flavorful chicken stock. Next time I have some homemade stock, I promise to make it again the Mario way ๐Ÿ˜‰
Stir in the remaining stalks and tips & stir for about 5 more minutes.
When risotto is tender with a slight firmness still attached to it, remove it from heat and add asparagus puree…
…and Parmesan.
This was one yummy lunch. Just for me. I treat myself pretty well, don’t ya think? The only thing this dish was missing was a big glass of white wine to accompany it. I thought it would be wise to avoidย the scandal of beingย the tipsy PTA Mom pickingย her child up from school, so I quickly nixed that idea.

Guess I should let asparagus take the lead in dishes more often… and let it live a life beyond the underappreciated steamy side dish.

This recipe can be found HERE.

45 Responses to “Lunch with Mario Batali: Asparagus Risotto”

  1. postedApr 23, 2009 3:19 AM

    This looks incredible. And so suitable for Spring. I love that you called your asparagus sexy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. postedApr 23, 2009 2:35 AM

    I love asparagus!! Love it! This looks delicious!

  3. postedApr 23, 2009 3:42 AM

    I like that you treated yourself so well and made this dish just for you.

  4. postedApr 23, 2009 3:44 AM

    I love risotto! I make mine in the pressure cooker though so it is much faster. I’m going to have to try this one soon… and maybe I won’t share it w/the family! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. postedApr 23, 2009 4:03 AM

    My culinary experiments with asparagus end up about the same: olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, and a grill. I really need to branch out more especially since asparagus is starting to pop up everywhere here.

    I died of laughter when I saw the close up that was labeled because it reminded me of Wayne’s World Extreme Closeup.

    Perfect way to take asparagus from a side dish to the main star. Nicely done!

  6. postedApr 23, 2009 4:05 AM

    Asparagus is so plentiful and inexpensive right now. This looks great and your pictures look fabulous!

  7. postedApr 23, 2009 4:31 AM

    Love the close-up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. postedApr 23, 2009 4:56 AM

    I love asparagus too, but never make anything time-consuming with it because my husband detests it! Maybe I’ll make a batch for myself one of these days…

  9. postedApr 23, 2009 5:56 AM

    I’ve thought of doing an asparagus risotto, though I keep going back to mushroom. With asparagus season here, I may have to add some grilled tips to my next risotto!

    That first shot makes me just want to eat the asparagus raw, though!

  10. postedApr 23, 2009 6:58 AM

    Yum! Looks delicious and so seasonal. I love the puree in there – great color and flavor enhancer. I’ll take some please!

  11. postedApr 23, 2009 6:58 AM

    Looking good! That is my kind of meal.

  12. postedApr 23, 2009 7:08 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous! Serve with a big glass of wine and indulge!

  13. postedApr 23, 2009 7:09 AM

    Awesome! I don’t make a lot of risotto, but I LOVE asparagus and this looks like my kind of lunch! Thanks! I’m going to try this soon.

  14. postedApr 23, 2009 7:14 AM

    YUM!!!! oh my that looks delicious!! i just LOVE the beautiful fun layout of your blog!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. postedApr 23, 2009 7:17 AM

    This might be the perfect side dish for my weekend dinner. Gonna do steak and morels with asparagus but this would be even better!!!

  16. postedApr 23, 2009 7:18 AM

    Loved this recipe, and your “sexy asparagus” shot! Hey, we have to treat ourselves from time to time too!

  17. postedApr 23, 2009 7:51 AM

    Oh, yum! Check out that green hue. Sure sign of goodness interspersed throughout. I love asparagus and I’m sure this was amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. postedApr 23, 2009 8:45 AM

    You got me. I thought you were going to dish on lunch with Mario himself. LOL
    I love asparagus roasted best, but your recipe looks really great too.

  19. postedApr 23, 2009 9:21 AM

    Lunch with Mario sounds wonderful. I’ve only succeeded with risotto a couple of times and it’s been asparagus risotto. But I really like this particular recipe for he asparagus puree. I bet that really brings it to a blissful state.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  20. postedApr 23, 2009 9:30 AM

    We could eat asparagus any day, and risotto (with a few mushrooms!) is perfect. But it’s just as good in aioli.

  21. postedApr 23, 2009 9:32 AM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

    Sounds and looks scrumptious! You can invite me for lunch anytime.

  22. postedApr 23, 2009 9:51 AM

    Beautiful dish!

  23. postedApr 23, 2009 10:35 AM

    This looks warm and wonderful! Great pictures too! And I have a prize for you today!!

  24. postedApr 23, 2009 11:19 AM

    oh what a nice view !! just delicious!

  25. postedApr 23, 2009 11:35 AM

    DAMN incredible looking!! Just yummy looking!!

  26. postedApr 23, 2009 12:07 PM

    Lori, that looks incredible! I’d like a big old bowl of that right now.

  27. postedApr 23, 2009 5:13 PM

    This is so pretty as well as good! Your dinner group makes some pretty darn good food!

  28. postedApr 23, 2009 6:17 PM

    I think you treat yourself really well! ๐Ÿ™‚
    That’s some sexy risotto all around. Nice job!

  29. postedApr 23, 2009 5:20 PM

    Sure beats my lunch,Lori,wow. It looks beautiful!! I’ve got the stock in the freezer–just need the asparagus now.

  30. postedApr 23, 2009 6:08 PM

    This looks o delicious! I’ve been using lots of asparagus this spring and this would be a great meal!

  31. postedApr 23, 2009 6:52 PM

    Mmm, that asparagus is quite sexy!! Your risotto looks perfect. Mario would be so proud. Talk about a delicious dish. I want some right now!

  32. postedApr 23, 2009 9:01 PM

    Such a nice recipe. I really appreciate the detailed step by step photos.

  33. postedApr 24, 2009 3:50 AM

    LOOOVE MARIO!!! And risotto ๐Ÿ˜€

  34. postedApr 24, 2009 4:50 AM

    OK, I now how I am going to use that risotto rice I have left from my party. It looks amazing!

  35. postedApr 24, 2009 7:05 AM

    That looks fabulous! Love asparagus, but have never made risotto so it just might be high time to get to it.

  36. postedApr 24, 2009 8:49 AM

    This looks really delicious. You and Mario had a great lunch. Congrats on winning my cookbook at Chef Bliss. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. postedApr 24, 2009 6:54 PM

    That looks scrumptious! I love asparagus and this looks like a fantastic recipe. Love the pear shaped bowl too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. postedApr 24, 2009 7:02 PM

    What a beautiful spring dish! Fresh asparagus is just the best.

  39. postedApr 25, 2009 12:10 AM

    Mmmm I love risotto. Never thought of using asparagus. One to try I think. Looks lovely

  40. postedApr 25, 2009 10:30 AM

    What a nice spring risotto. I am looking forward to the fresh local asparagus.

  41. postedApr 26, 2009 7:28 AM

    Gorgeous and simple…like the decorated asparagus heads on the top.

  42. postedMay 4, 2009 6:38 PM

    My daughter made this for our dinner and it was wonderful! Thanks for the recipe.

  43. postedMay 28, 2009 7:57 AM

    Going to try this, it looks really yummy!

  44. postedAug 30, 2010 7:56 AM

    This recipe looks delicious! I’ve never made risotto, but I was stumbling for one to try and I think I’ll be attempting this version! Thanks for the great recipe!

  45. postedMar 27, 2014 5:54 PM

    This is wonderful. Your directions with photos are great. Some of the very best risotto I’ve ever eaten. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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