Looking at fresh local asparagus in the market again this past weekend, I reminded myself as I do every year not to take its availability for granted. Thus starts an annual but limited dash to eat this glorious vegetable on every possible occasion, usually with just a quick steaming and a sprinkling of lemon juice and sea salt to enjoy it in its simple perfection.
Nevertheless, a slightly more elaborate treatment always breaks up the routine, and if you're looking for an elegant addition to your early summer table this easy asparagus pesto risotto-style rice dish will make a splash with your guests while entirely reserving respect for the unique flavor of the vegetable. This recipe is adapted from a longtime favorite of mine, Delia Smith's pesto rice, just for the seasonal occasion and takes remarkably little time or effort. Do enjoy while you can.
|Asparagus Pesto Rice|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on June 14, 2009
A fresh and elegant early summer risotto flavored with an asparagus pesto