Thursday, April 23, 2009

Microwave Risotto with Ham and Asparagus

If you have ever made risotto, it's delicious but hard for any frazzled chef to stand and stir for so long! This is a recipe that can be done in the microwave. I have not tried it yet, so any comments or feedback welcome!

3 Tbs butter
3 Tbs Olive Oil
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
2 c. arborio rice
5 1/2 c. fat free chicken broth
2 c. cubed ham
1 lb pencil thin asparagus
1/4 or more grated Parm
Salt and pepper to taste

Place butter, oil and onion in large microwavable safe bowl uncovered on high about 3 minutes. Stir in rice and microwave uncovered until rice begins to turn translucent, about 3 more minutes. Stir in broth, cover with lid or microwavable wrap and microwave until full boil 10-14 minutes. Chop ham and set aside. Rinse asparagus and snap off tough ends. Chop into 1/4 inch rounds and set aside. Remove bowl from micro and stir well. Microwave another 10 minutes until rice is almost done (it will be very moist and al dente but not soupy). Stir in ham and asparagus and microwave until rice is done and asparagus is crisp-tender, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in cheese, salt, pepper and serve immediately

Shared by Kimberly Levitan, Leawood, KS

Recipe Source: The Kansas City Star

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