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Use vegetable stock to make this a vegetarian dish.
Creamy Parmesan Risotto with Asparagus - 3 Cups
cooking spray
4 ounces asparagus, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1⁄3 cup finely chopped onion or shallot
1⁄3 cup finely chopped carrot
1 cup (Rice Cooker) Arborio rice
1⁄3 cup dry white wine or vermouth
3 cups (standard liquid measure) water, chicken or vegetable stock (may mix)
4 tablespoons heavy cream
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
Lightly coat the steaming tray of the Cuisinart® Rice Cooker with cooking spray. Place asparagus in steaming tray; reserve. Place the butter and olive oil in the cooking bowl of the Cuisinart® Rice Cooker/Steamer. Cover, turn on and wait one minute. Stir in the chopped onion and carrot and cover; cook 1 minute. Add the rice; stir to coat completely. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Stir in the wine; cover. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the wine is completely bsorbed. Add the water or stock; stir. Cover and cook for 25 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times during cooking. Place the asparagus filled steaming tray on the cooking bowl and cover. Cook until the Rice Cooker switches to Warm, about 5 minutes longer. When Rice Cooker switches to Warm, stir in the heavy cream, Parmesan, and white pepper. Replace the steaming tray over the cooking bowl and let stand on Warm for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir the steamed asparagus into the risotto. Serve hot.

Servings: Makes 3 cups (serves 6 as a side dish, 4 as a first course, 2 as an entrée)

Nutritional information per serving

Nutritional information per serving (based on 6 servings): Calories 110 (37% from fat) • carb. 11g • pro. 4g • fat 4g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 11mg • sod. 334mg • calc. 66mg • fiber 1g

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