Mangia: Asparagus Risotto.

There's nothing quite like going to Italy for four days to spend time with your Auntie and getting to eat the freshest, most amazing food ever - except maybe living round the corner from your Italian grandparents who make equally the most amazing food ever! What can we say!? We're lucky girls! 

Auntie Giuseppina made this Risotto for myself (Kelly) and our sister Jen in Padova last April. It was absolutely heavenly and was followed by the most delicious fried chicken and homemade chips! Are your mouths watering yet? Auntie Giuseppina once again proved why she's the queen of risotto, as one thing we remember as clear as day about our visit to Padova when we were 16 was her Carciofi (Artichoke) risotto. We never forgot it. She did it again with this one, which is why I had to attempt to make it myself, so here's my version, based on simply watching her make it:

Auntie Giuseppina's Risotto! 

What you need:

2 packets of Asparagus 125g each.
1 cup of Risotto Rice.
1 small onion.
1 clove of garlic.
Pinch of Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp of Dialbrodo/powdered vegetable stock.
1/2 cup of chopped Pecorino cheese.
1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese.
Olive Oil.

What to do:

Bring 3/4's of a pan of water to a boil, add a drop of olive oil and half of the asparagus chopped up, season with salt and pepper. Let it boil then leave to simmer. This will be your stock.

Put a drop of olive oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Chop the garlic clove and the small onion and add them to the pan. Fry off for 2 - 3 minutes while chopping the other half of your asparagus.

Add the chopped asparagus to the onion and garlic and let that cook for 5 minutes. Then add a cup of risotto rice and mix together for a minute.

Then you will start to add your stock, 1 ladle full at a time. Once each ladle of stock has been absorbed by the rice, you can add another one. I did this for 30 minutes, until the rice was tender.

I added the cheese towards the end and mixed it until melted and combined.

It turned out delicious! :)


What's your favourite Risotto? Have you cooked it before?

Buon Appetito!


  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It looks super yummy and easy to make! Will make this for dinner tomorrow night. #DolceVitaBloggers

    1. Ooh you're welcome! Let us know how it goes and enjoy! :) xx #dolcevitabloggers

  2. OK, asparagus risotto sounds delicious, and I'm definitely going to be making this recipe, but artichoke risotto? I must try that - please please share the recipe!

    1. Ok we will work on it and see if we can get any fresh artichoke! We have been eager to make it too. Our Auntie is pretty amazing! :)


  3. Sounds yummy! I could eat risotto every day. My favourite is risotto di zucca con salsiccia, especially if the salsiccia is spicy. I have not found a risotto (yet) that I did not like. Ciao, Cristina

    1. Ooh that sounds delicious Cristina! We want to start experimenting and making it more because it was really good! :)

  4. Girls, you read my mind. I have all this asparagus to use and was actually going to Google recipes to use it up! This is ON MY MENU this week!!! Thanks for the great post. Ciao, Jasmine.

    1. Oh please take pictures Jasmine, we would love to see. It was so delicious and easier to make than we had put into our heads! :) xx