Recipe courtesy of Diane Seed

Minestra di Risi e Sparasi (Asparagus Broth)

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  • Yield: Serves 4
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2 oz. thin green asparagus

1/2 stick butter

1 onion, finely sliced

6 cups light meat or vegetable stock

Salt and black pepper

Scant 1 1/4 cups Vialone nano rice (or Carnaroli or Arborio)

Generous 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Scant 1/4 cup fresh heavy cream

Nutmeg for grating


  1. Break off and discard the touch inedible part of the asparagus stalks. If the asparagus is very tender this might not be necessary. Break into lengths of about 1 inch. Heat half the butter in a large pan and gently cook the onions until soft. Add the asparagus, some of the stock, and seasoning. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Now pour in the rest of the stock, bring to a boil, add the rice, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. When the rice is cooked, stir in 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan, the cream, the remaining butter, and grate on a little nutmeg. Hand the rest of the cheese round at table.