Asparagus has such an extraordinarily fresh and unique flavor that all I typically need to enjoy the local asparagus in season is a quick steaming or roasting, a pat of butter, a drizzle of lemon juice and a sprinkling of sea salt. But this elegant summer vegetable is quite deserving of a more elaborate treatment when you want to make it the spotlight of a special meal, so long as it is paired with similarly simple but fine flavors.
A simple creamy risotto provides the opportunity to lend even more distinction and flair to asparagus. Fresh lightly sautéed button mushrooms and a simple basil pesto add refined and delicious adornments that enhance the taste experience of asparagus without overshadowing it. Quite easy to prepare and make and just requiring attention, this risotto is really quite a stunning gourmet way to enjoy the asparagus season.
|Asparagus and Pesto Risotto with Mushrooms|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on July 4, 2013
Elegant and delicious summer asparagus and fresh mushroom risotto flavored with a simple basil pesto
Other risottos you will enjoy:
Mushroom, Lentil and Spinach Risotto
Lemon Risotto with Leeks and Mushrooms
Sweet Corn Risotto with Tomato and Basil
On the top of the reading stack: The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook by Justin Burks and Amy Lawrence
Audio Accompaniment: Paul Kalkbrenner