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Roasted Asparagus Farro Risotto

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roasted asparagus and farro risotto recipe
photos and styling by sam henderson

You are going to LOVE roasted asparagus farro risotto. Creamy, warm, and mildly cheesy… just the mention of risotto conjures up images of melt in your mouth comfort. We are taking risotto up a notch with freshly-roasted, in-season asparagus and prosciutto. To make it a little healthier, we have swapped out rice for the ancient Italian whole grain, farro.

roasted asparagus and farro risotto recipe

Before you start:

Risotto is hugely rewarding, but it requires attention. For this reason, mise en place ( or prep) is recommended. Have all of the ingredients ready and near the stove before beginning to make your risotto.
 
This ancient Italian wheat grain is a whole food that is packed with fiber, protein, and vitamins. As a healthy alternative to other refined grains, farro looks like wheat berries when dry and like barley when cooked. It can be used for soups, salads, and granola or muesli.
 
For presentation, set aside the tops of the asparagus and poke them into the top of the risotto after plating. Finish it with a few of the curliest pieces of prosciutto and a bit of grated parmesan.

Roasted Asparagus Farro Risotto

roasted asparagus and farro risotto recipe

Risotto gets an upgrade… if that’s even possible.

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time50 min
  • Yield6 servings

The ingredients:

  • 10 thin slices prosciutto
  • 1½ pounds fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups uncooked farro
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

The Method:

1
Preheat oven to 400˚F. Place prosciutto slices on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until crisp. Allow prosciutto to cool before crumbling it into small pieces.
2
Place asparagus on another large, ungreased baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 400˚F for 20-25 minutes while you are preparing the risotto. Set prosciutto and asparagus aside until the end of the preparation.
3
Add stock to a large saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to just below simmer to keep the stock warm throughout the cooking process.
4
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook until tender (about 3 min.). Add the farro and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium and add wine, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring continuously, until all of the wine is absorbed.
5
Add the stock, about ½ cup at a time, and stir while cooking until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat until the risotto is creamy and the farro is al dente (about 25 min.). Remove from the heat and stir in the prosciutto, asparagus, and Parmesan. Check the risotto for seasoning and add salt to taste. Serve immediately with a bit of parmesan for garnish.

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