“Creamy Bacon Asparagus Risotto”
Asparagus is an incredibly versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes, but risotto is definitely one of the tastiest ways to prepare it. Creamy Bacon Asparagus Risotto takes this delectable veggie to a whole new level and is sure to become a staple in your dinner rotation. It’s rich and creamy, thanks to a combination of cheese, butter, and cream, and it’s filled with bacon, onion, and asparagus for a flavor to die for.
The secret to a perfect creamy risotto lies in the method of cooking – combining the flavors together over low heat. Taking your time with this method is essential for luscious, creamy risotto. Once the risotto is cooked and the flavors have had time to mellow and mix, you will be left with a dish so savory and comforting you will be tempted to make it again and again.
The ingredients in this dish come together to create an especially velvety texture and intoxicating flavor. Soft, meaty bacon provides a savory base for the decadent risotto, while the mild onion adds a hint of sweetness. Asparagus adds a tender crunch and earthy flavor, and when cooked right, it melts in your mouth. Grated cheese adds a distinct saltiness and creaminess, and heavy cream adds a smooth richness that brings the dish together.
You can make risotto on the stovetop or even in an Instant Pot Pressure cooker. This recipe is crafted for the stovetop, but we’ll explore variations for an Instant Pot version in a bit. For now, let’s focus on making this classic, creamy Creamy Bacon Asparagus Risotto.
Creamy Bacon Asparagus Risotto
•1 tablespoon butter
•2-3 slices bacon, diced
•1 small onion, chopped
•1 cup arborio rice
•3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
•2 cloves garlic, minced
•1 cup white wine
•2 cups asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
•½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
•¼ cup heavy cream
•Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until bacon is crispy and onion is softened.
2. Add arborio rice to the skillet and stir to coat in the butter and bacon fat. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
3. Slowly add chicken or vegetable broth, stirring constantly until broth is absorbed and rice is creamy.
4. Add garlic and wine and stir until liquid is absorbed.
5. Add asparagus to the skillet and stir to combine. Continue cooking and stirring until asparagus is tender.
6. Add Parmesan cheese and heavy cream and stir until combined.
7. Cook for a few more minutes until risotto is creamy and thick.
8. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
9. Serve warm.
With its rich, creamy texture and savory flavors, Creamy Bacon Asparagus Risotto is sure to be a hit. It’s quick to make, and requires minimal prep work to assemble. You can easily