Springtime Risotto
Debbie Matenopoulos is preparing a light and delicious Italian dish.


  • 1 1/2 cups risotto-style rice
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more for finishing
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small shallots, finely minced
  • 1 cup Hon Shimeji Mushrooms, chopped
  • ¾ cup Fresh Peas
  • 1 cup Chopped Asparagus
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
  • 3 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped parsley and thyme, for garnishing


1. Combine rice, chicken stock, and wine in a large bowl. Agitate rice with fingers or a whisk to release starch. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer set in a 2-quart liquid cup measure or another large bowl. Allow to drain 5 minutes, stirring rice occasionally.

2. Heat butter and oil in a heavy 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until foaming subsides. Add rice and cook, stirring and tossing frequently, until all liquid has evaporated, fat is bubbling, and rice has begun to take on a golden blond color and nutty aroma, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and shallots and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, until they’ve given up some of their moisture. Give reserved broth a good stir and pour all but 1 cup over rice. Increase heat to high and heat until simmering. Stir rice once, cover, and reduce heat to lowest possible setting.

3. Cook rice for 10 minutes, undisturbed. Stir once, shake pan gently to redistribute rice, cover, and continue cooking until liquid is mostly absorbed and rice is tender with just a faint bite, about 10 minutes longer.

4. Remove lid and add final cup of stock. Add peas and asparagus, stir to combine. Increase heat to high and cook, stirring and shaking rice constantly, until risotto is thick and creamy. Off heat, fold in heavy cream and cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in herbs as desired.

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