The best things are worth waiting for. When it comes to earthy, savory sides, this asparagus risotto is a perfect pairing for a wide range of dishes. And while it takes some TLC to prepare, it's worth every minute.
For 6 people
Heat oil in nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add green onions, mushrooms, minced garlic and pepper. Cook until crispy tender. Add rice and stir for 2 minutes. While stirring, add broth, wine and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in carrot, asparagus pieces, Parmesan cheese and lemon rind. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Garnish with lemon slices and Italian parsley.