This post is written in partnership with Filippo Berio
Risotto has a reputation of being finicky and tricky, but in reality it’s not difficult when you’re working with the right ingredients.
Here, asparagus roasted in extra-virgin olive oil and coated with a balsamic glaze is the star of the show with only a few supporting cast members: good stock, peas, onions, lemon, Parmesan, and of course, rice. Comfort in a bowl awaits.
Video! How to Make Risotto with Balsamic-Roasted Asparagus
Which Rice Should I Use?
For traditional style risotto, you need short-grain, starchy rice such Italian Arborio or Carnaroli. Asian or Spanish bomba short-grain rice will also work in a pinch.
The Best Stock For the Job
Your stock should taste good enough to sip by itself; no amount of added cheese can rescue the risotto if the stock is not good.