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Risotto with Asparagus and Buffalo Mozzarella

  • ACTIVE: 45 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 55 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • HEALTHY

Risotto is one of Fanny Singer's favorite dishes; her father always cooks it for her when she's home from college. Fanny and her father view the recipe here as the diet version, even though it has creamy mozzarella, because the regular recipe usually contains something delicious and fatty like pancetta, bacon or prosciutto.

  1. 7 cups light chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  2. 1/2 pound thin asparagus
  3. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  4. 1 medium onion, finely diced
  5. 1 medium leek, white and tender green parts only, finely diced
  6. 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  7. 2 cups arborio rice (11 ounces)
  8. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  9. 4 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves (3 ounces)
  10. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  11. 6 ounces buffalo mozzarella, cut into 6 slices, at room temperature
  12. Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
  1. Bring the stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add the asparagus and cook over moderately high heat until barely tender, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the asparagus to a plate to cool. Cut the asparagus into 1-inch lengths. Cover the stock and keep at a bare simmer.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, leek and thyme and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until slightly golden, about 1 minute. Add enough hot stock to cover the rice and simmer, stirring constantly, until almost evaporated. Add the wine and stock to cover and simmer, stirring, until absorbed. Continue adding more stock and stirring constantly until it is absorbed. The risotto is done when it is still a little loose and the rice is tender but slightly firm, about 25 minutes total. Stir in the spinach and then the asparagus. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon the risotto into bowls and top each serving with a slice of mozzarella. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and serve.
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