Saffron Rissotto with Asparagus and Peas from the Public Health Cookbook—original source of recipe, public domain government resource

  • Serves: 4



  1. Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan then add asparagus and cook for 2–3 minutes until crisp-tender. Use a slotted spoon to remove asparagus and set aside. Reduce heat to medium-low then stir in the wine and saffron and simmer, uncovered.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan, over medium heat. Add rice and stir for 2 minutes or until translucent. Stir in ½ cup of the broth to rice and continue to stir until broth is absorbed (about 8–10 minutes.) Continue to add ½ cup of broth at a time and stir often until all of the broth is absorbed and rice is tender.
  3. Add the cooked asparagus and peas and stir to combine.
  4. Serve with an optional sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
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