Lemony Risotto with Asparagus and Shrimp

Serves 4.

3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
3/4 Ib (340g) aspagarus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
11/4 cups Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 Ib medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/4 cup grated parmesan
2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

1. Bring broth and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add asparagus and simmer, uncovered, until just tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer asparagus with a slotted spoon to an ice bath to stop cooking, then drain. Keep broth at a bare simmer, covered.

2. Cook onion in 2 tbsp butter with 1/4 tsp salt in a 4-qt heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

3. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add wine and simmer, stirring constantly, until absorbed.

4. Stir in 1/2 cp broth mixture and briskly simmer, stirring frequently, until absorbed. Continue adding broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the next, until rice is creamy and tender but still al dente (it should be the consistency of a thick soup) about 18 minutes. (There should be no leftover broth mixture).

5. Stir in shrimp and cook until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.

6. Stir in asparagus, zest, remaining 2 tbsp butter, parmesan, parsley and pepper to taste (thin risotto with some of remaining broth is necessary).

Source: Gourmet, May 2009.

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