Asparagus, mushroom and basil risotto with pecorino
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Babiche Martens
- Pour the stock into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large pan or saucepan, then add the onion and garlic. Stir for 3 minutes.
- Add the rice and continue stirring for a further 2-3 minutes until the grains are covered with the oil and butter. Add a ladle full of stock and stir until it has absorbed into the rice, then repeat.
- After adding half the stock add the asparagus and mushrooms. Stir through with of the basil leaves, then continue adding the stock until the rice is creamy and tender.
- Season to taste and stir through the pecorino before serving in warmed bowls topped with remaining basil leaves.
*If not using home-made stock, it can be a good idea to use two thirds commercial stock and one third water because some stocks can be too salty.
**Look for assorted gourmet mushrooms at vegetable stores and supermarkets.