This was my first time trying asparagus, my first time having risotto AND my first time using cottage cheese in a recipe and my verdict is? I want this risotto on tap! The risotto is creamy, flavourful and so so filling, the asparagus adds a nice bite to the dish and the cottage cheese really helped to make the stock extra creamy! It was quite a quick process, it takes about 40 minutes overall with prep included but it’s definitely worth it once you taste the end result!
Makes 2 Servings
600ml Vegetable Stock
150g Arborio Risotto Rice
100g Cottage Cheese
30g Vegetarian Cheese (I used extra mature cheddar)
Put your stock in a small pan on low heat and leave it to simmer.
Next, peel and chop your onions and prepare your asparagus; to do this, chop the thick "woody" ends off and then chop off the tips too so you’re left with a stalk. Add your onion and asparagus into a frying pan with 1 tbsp of oil and let it cook for 15 minutes until the asparagus is soft and sweet, and the onions are translucent.
Once the veg has cooked, add your rice into the frying pan and let it toast for a couple of minutes before adding in the stock just a ladle-full at a time allowing the rice to soak up the stock before you add more.
Allow the rice to cook in the stock for around 20 minutes, in the last 5 minutes add in your asparagus tips and both kinds of cheese, making sure you stir it so the cheeses can fully combine with the stock, then season to taste and turn the heat off allowing the dish to rest for 2 minutes before serving up.
It should be smelling really good in your kitchen right about now! I was so impressed with how simple this was to make and how quickly it all came together, I’ll definitely be making more of this for lunches and dinners in the future! The dish is light but hearty for this time of year, the stock adds a real richness that I know we’re all craving at the end of a busy day, and with the asparagus, it’s at least 1 of your 5 a day! You could add some extra veggies like frozen peas, spinach, or mushrooms into the dish too and they would all complement the other flavours perfectly!
I hope I've inspired you to have a go at this veggie delight, I promise it’s not difficult and the tasty dish you get at the end will have you wishing you’d made double portions!