Spring Green Risotto

This risotto recipe is nearly foolproof. Cooking it in a slow cooker takes away the need to stir the risotto, making this a great option for busy people.

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Serves6 (about 1 cup)
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  1. In a medium pot, cook the pancetta (or bacon) on medium 4–5 minutes until fat has rendered, stirring often. Add the onions and garlic. Cook 4 minutes until onions are tender. Add the rice and cook 1 minute stirring constantly.
  2. To the same pot, stir in the broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Heat to a simmer on high. Transfer contents of pot to the bowl of a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes. Uncover and stir rice. Cover and continue cooking 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, trim the bottom inch of the asparagus and cut stalks into 1-inch pieces. Stir the asparagus and peas into the rice in slow cooker after 1 hour of cooking. Cover and cook another 30 minutes, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Stir in pesto, Parmesan, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.

Recipe Tips

The bottom inch of fresh asparagus is usually very woody and difficult to eat. It's best to trim it off right before cooking.

Use any short grain rice in this recipe. For extra fiber, use short grain brown rice and add an extra 1/2 cup water to the mix.

No asparagus? No problem. Substitute green beans, fresh or frozen.

Nutrition Facts
Spring Green Risotto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Potassium 312mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 10%
Vitamin D0%
Calcium 7%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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