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…
I love using homemade chicken stock in my risottos! If you are not vegetarian feel free to check out my guide on How To Make Chicken Stock in Instant Pot (with instructions for hob/stovetop users too). You will never look back!
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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:
Meat Free Mondays hosted by Jacqueline at Tinned Tomatoes
Simple and in Season hosted by Katie at Feeding Boys