Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto/ Arancini

My younger daughter is a fan of running and of risotto, but let’s face it, they’re both at least an hour ordeal.    It took a little research and a funny; story, I couldn’t find the dang power cord for my pressure cooker for 4 weeks and ended up going old school.  It’s creamy and good risotto and takes all of 60 minutes.  I heard my daughter’s voice in my head say, “No. Go all the way and make arancini (risotto balls in bread crumbs).” I made both.  I also had an idea to add saffron and in a word, don’t.  Hope you like them.
6 cups vegetable stock
1//4 cup olive oil
1 yellow onion
1 bunch asparagus chopped into 1” pieces
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
3 teaspoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups Arborio rice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon thyme thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
red pepper flakes (optional)
2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
Heat broth in a sauce pan on low heat until broth is warm
In large skillet on medium heat:
Add olive oil and onion and garlic; let soften
Add mushrooms
Let cook until translucent, about 3 minutes
Add rice and let cook until the rice get a pale gold color
Add wine
Add broth a ladle at a time every 2 minutes stirring constantly until creamy and rice is cooked; when you’ve used half the stock, add the asparagus
Add butter and 1 cup Parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste; add red pepper flakes if desired
Check for texture; if dry, add water or stock
now you could serve it right now but …….
Let set for one hour
Using a small ice cream scoop, make round balls
Dredge in breadcrumbs and air fry for 15 minutes at 350
* editor’s note I like this better with chicken stock but this is a vegetarian recipe

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. One of our family’s favorite dishes. Sometimes I use cognac rather than white wine, but either way it is delicious.


    1. She is a had one to cook for and makes me push my ability

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      1. Well, it looks like it has paid off!


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