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Asparagus and lemon risotto (pressure cooker or stovetop) {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Asparagus and lemon risotto, made easy in the pressure cooker. #glutenfree

It's almost the end of asparagus season here in Rhode Island, and I'm begging my friends for a few spears here and there, whatever crumbs of the harvest they're willing to toss my way. Every spear is precious when you know it will be ten months until local asparagus returns to the farm stands. I freeze some to use for soup later in the year, but the texture doesn't hold up for a dish like risotto, where the crisp bite of barely-cooked asparagus makes such a perfect contrast to the creamy rice. Two things conspired to create this recipe: the no-longer-dreaded pressure cooker was sitting on the counter, having just been used to cook something else; and the grocery delivery service brought me not the one lemon I'd ordered, but a whole bag of lemons. With a few spears of asparagus in the refrigerator, it was almost too easy. Of course you can make this recipe on the stovetop, too, by following the directions and proportions for this risotto with shrimp and asparagus.

Asparagus and lemon risotto, #glutenfree and #vegetarian.

Asparagus and lemon risotto

From the pantry, you'll need: onion, arborio rice, lemons, vegetable broth, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, fresh black pepper.

Serves 4-6.


2 tsp olive oil
1 small red or yellow onion, diced
1-1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
Zest and juice of 1 large lemon (approximately 1/4 cup lemon juice)
3-1/2 cups vegetable broth (I use low-sodium store-bought broth), warmed for 3 minutes in a microwave
1 Tbsp butter
2 cups chopped asparagus
Heaping 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
Kosher salt, if needed, to taste


Note: I use a 6-quart electric pressure cooker, so if you have another type, you'll have to make some adjustment in the recipe.

Set the pressure cooker to Browning, and heat the oil. Stir in the onion, and cook for 2 or 3 minutes, until the onion is translucent.

Add the rice, and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes, until the rice is coated with the oil and very lightly browning. Pour in the wine and lemon juice, which will bubble immediately. Stir for 1 minute, until most of the wine has been absorbed. Then add half of the lemon zest, and all of the vegetable broth.

Lock the top. Set on High Pressure for 6 minutes. It helps to set your own timer when the pot comes to full pressure, so you'll know when the cook time ends.

When the cooker switches to Keep Warm, immediately Quick Release the pressure. After the pressure indicator drops, remove the top.

Switch the cooker to Browning. Stir in the asparagus, butter and cheese. Cook for 1 minute, stirring vigorously, until the cheese has melted. Stir in the black pepper. Taste, and add salt, if needed.

Turn off the pot, and serve the risotto immediately. Any risotto that sits in the pot will begin to thicken as it cools.

TO MAKE THIS RISOTTO ON THE STOVETOP, follow the proportions and directions for this risotto with shrimp and asparagus.

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More risotto recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Three mushroom risotto
Lemon and pea risotto
Pressure cooker shrimp and asparagus risotto with mushrooms
Risotto with grapefruit
Green herb risotto

Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Meyer lemon risotto, from Simply Recipes
Avgolemono (Greek lemon chicken soup), from One Perfect Bite
One pot chorizo, spinach and lemon risotto, from Love. Life. Eat.
Traditional Easter rice pie, from Food Blogga
Arborio rice pudding with caramelized apples, from Former Chef

Asparagus and lemon risotto, in the pressure cooker or on the stove top. So creamy! #glutenfree

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I love the idea of using the pressure cooker to make risotto and what a great combination of ingredients.

Perfect!! I might have to make this for Wednesday night when husband gets home before I head to the States. I love lemon risotto and fresh green asparagus is perfect to add to the dish! Beautiful!

Kalyn, the pressure cooker makes risotto a breeze!

Jamie, the colors and flavors of lemon and asparagus pair so beautifully, don't they?

Well, the very idea of making risotto in the pressure cooker is just brilliant! And in less than 10 minutes??? I'm on it!

I have yet to make risotto in my pressure cooker although I've heard it works great. Going to miss asparagus - I've been snatching up bunches too.

TW, Jeanette: I'm so hooked on pressure cooker risotto now. It's fast and easy, and you still finish the last minute by hand so you can control the creaminess. I love it.

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