Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto (Alton Brown) Recipe

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Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto (Alton Brown)
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  1. In an electric kettle or medium saucepan with a lid, combine chicken broth and white wine and heat just to simmering. Keep warm.
  2. In a large 3 to 4-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and sweat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the grains are translucent around the edges. Be careful not to allow the grains or the onions to brown.
  3. Reduce the heat to low. Add enough of the wine and chicken stock just to cover the top of the rice. Stir or move the pan often, until the liquid is completely absorbed into rice. Once absorbed, add another amount of liquid just to cover the rice and continue stirring or moving as before. There should be just enough liquid left to repeat 1 more time. It should take approximately 35 to 40 minutes for all of the liquid to be absorbed. After the last addition of liquid has been mostly absorbed, add the mushrooms and asparagus and stir until risotto is creamy and asparagus is heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Taste and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. *Cook's Note: If fresh wild mushrooms are not available, reconstituted dried mushrooms can be used instead. Place 2 ounces of dried mushrooms into a bowl and cover with warm water. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes or until all the mushrooms are soft and pliable.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2503.2 Kcal (10480 kJ)
Calories from fat 385.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42.87g 66%
Cholesterol 99.62mg 33%
Sodium 6277.16mg 262%
Potassium 2540.44mg 54%
Total Carbs 365.22g 122%
Sugars 14.44g 58%
Dietary Fiber 14.97g 60%
Protein 62.29g 125%
Vitamin C 131.5mg 219%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 9%
Iron 5.4mg 30%
Calcium 876.9mg 88%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 92.38 Kcal (387 kJ)
Calories from fat 14.24 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.58g 66%
Cholesterol 3.68mg 33%
Sodium 231.67mg 262%
Potassium 93.76mg 54%
Total Carbs 13.48g 122%
Sugars 0.53g 58%
Dietary Fiber 0.55g 60%
Protein 2.3g 125%
Vitamin C 4.9mg 219%
Iron 0.2mg 30%
Calcium 32.4mg 88%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 52.8
  • 55

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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