Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto

Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto

I simply cannot get enough of asparagus this season and am really embracing it. This Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto is simply too good not to try. It marries two distinct flavours of sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus really well. Initially I thought that sun-dried tomatoes might be a bit overpowering and yes their flavour is definitely quite a dominant one. However, lovely chunks of asparagus thrown in definitely hold their own. Addition of lemon zest as garnish is pretty cleansing and helps to enjoy this dish as a whole.

Goodness, reading back I do sound a bit like some restaurant critic. 🙂 That wasn’t my intention, but I did want to paint you a picture… Hopefully, it will make you want to try it. 🙂

This dish contains fair bit of butter and parmesan (feel free to substitute if you’re after vegan fare). Even though not too good for the waistline, in my opinion they are essential ingredients for making risotto what it should be… Creamy, smooth, loveliness on a plate. It’s better to have little of a good thing…

I have included slices of pan fried chorizo as optional addition/garnish. Feel free to go with it or not, it’s entirely up to you. Men in my house share a love to anything meaty and purely vegetarian dinners do not go down very well. 🙁 To keep my lot happy there was chorizo on offer and yes, they did go for it. I tried…

Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto

Asparagus & Sun-dried Tomato Risotto

Yield: 2 adults and 2 kids (as a main meal), 4 adult lunch servings if served with bread/salad


  • 1 Tbsp sunflower oil or oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 280g asparagus
  • 1.2 litre hot veggie stock (cube is fine)
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil finely sliced
  • 300g risotto rice
  • 85g freshly grated parmesan
  • additional 15g unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon zest to garnish
  • 100g of pan fried chorizo slices (optional extra for non veggies)


  1. Prepare your asparagus by snapping off the woody ends and cook it in salted, boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Make sure it stays slightly al-dente. Cut into pieces, saving tips for final garnish.
  2. Melt butter with oil in a pan and add chopped onion together with sliced sun-dried tomatoes. Cook until softened but not coloured, approx. 5 min.
  3. Add the rice and mix to coat in oil in butter.
  4. Slowly start adding your stock (ladle at a time) for approx 16-20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. You want the rice to have slight bite to it. Season to taste.
  5. Add chopped asparagus and stir for couple minutes longer, then remove from the heat.
  6. Add additional 15g of butter, freshly grated parmesan and stir until they melt.
  7. Garnish with saved asparagus spears and lemon zest and perhaps some pan fried chorizo if you are a carnivore.
  8. Enjoy.

Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto

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Don’t fancy risotto but got surplus of asparagus? Have a look at this wonderfully delicious soup Asparagus and Spinach Soup or if you are after a pasta dish Spring Lemon and Dill Salmon Pasta with Asparagus and Peas.

If you are interested in some insight regarding growing your own asparagus, then you might want to pop in to lovely Midge’s blog and have a little read. I learnt a lot. There are some more asparagus related recipes too Top tips for growing and cooking asparagus.

I’m linking this recipe with the following pages:

Cook Blog Share hosted by Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie and Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy

Meat Free Mondays hosted by Jacqueline at Tinned Tomatoes

Simple and in Season hosted by Katie at Feeding Boys


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  • Reply Midge @Peachicks' Bakery

    Oooh another beautiful asparagus recipe! And risotto too – YUM! Definitely going to save this one for later – it has most of the Peachicks’ favourite food groups in it (rice, sun dried tomatoes, asparagus & chorizo) so I know they would love this! And thank you for the mention too! Your soup also looks divine! #cookblogshare

    May 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Aw thank you lovely lady 🙂 Yes, asparagus saga continues! I really hope you like it if you decide to make it, we really enjoyed it! It was a pleasure to link to your post! As I mentioned in my comment I found it really insightful, I’ve learnt so much about asparagus as opposed to just how to cook it 🙂 x

      May 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    Ooh yum – I love the idea of this…sun dried tomatoes, chorizo and asparagus are 3 of my favourite things and I can just imagine how they would go well together in a risotto! Thanks for linking it up to #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x

    May 15, 2017 at 5:09 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Eb! Sun dried tomatoes and chorizo are my staples to the point that I never run out of them… 🙂 Added asparagus for seasonal good measure made lovely risotto indeed. Always a pleasure to be a part of #CookBlogShare 🙂 x

      May 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Alison's Allspice

    I love risotto that is packed with flavors like this one, and it’s a wonderful use for spring time asparagus! Pinned for later, Thanks!
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    May 15, 2017 at 6:22 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Alison! Really pleased you like the vibe of my risotto 🙂 Please come back and let me know if you decide to make it! 🙂

      May 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Eat Explore Etc - Etc: Sunday Catch Up, 14th May - 20th May 2017 - Eat Explore Etc

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    May 21, 2017 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Katie Bryson

    Ooooh yes the perfect comfort food for summer… LOVING this! I’d definitely be partial to a bit of chorizo with this too… yum! Thanks for joining us again for Simple and in Season.
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    June 3, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I love asparargus! Looks delicious – I bet the chorizo would go lovely with it as well. Pinned,

    June 5, 2017 at 10:10 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Danielle! Chorizo is my guilty pleasure and as entire family love it, we add it to a lot of things! It does work beautifully with this risotto. Thanks for stopping by. x

      June 6, 2017 at 8:15 am
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