This asparagus and fennel baked risotto with lemon is one of those wonderfully simple dishes that is the epitome of Spring. Even though this year it feels like Spring has been completely ignored and suddenly we’re in Summer! The dish has all the wonderfully light hallmarks of the season and is finished off with a twist of lemon so that it has a perky, zesty taste that elevates it from stodgy to sublime. Plus, it’s a ‘no-stir’ baked risotto so it really is a hassle-free delight all the way!
- 3 large salad onions – finely chopped
- half a fennel – chopped
- a handful of green beans – chopped
- a handful of asparagus – chopped (set the tips aside)
- 2 cloves of garlic – finely grated
- 300g arborio rice
- 1 glass of white wine
- fresh oregano and thyme
- 1lt vegetable stock – maybe a little more
- the juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 150g finely grated hard cheese – I used Lincolnshire Poacher
You’ll need a pan that can work on the hob and in the oven. I use a shallow, cast-iron casserole dish. Pre-heat the oven to 160C (fan.)
Time to cook
Start the risotto by gently melting a little butter in a pan with a dash of olive oil then throw in all the veg (apart from the asparagus tips) and garlic and sauté until soft. Stir in the herbs and rice until all the grains are fully coated with butter and are beautifully glossy.
Stir in the glass of wine and then pour in the stock, reserving 50ml of liquid.
Place the dish into the oven for 25 mins, then stir in the asparagus tips, the lemon zest and the remaining stock and return to the oven for another 8 mins.
Stir in the cheese, lemon juice and a nob of butter just before serving.
For more risotto recipes, check these out on Dom in the Kitchen.
Eat and of course, enjoy!
Geoff M says
love the idea of baking the risotto instead of cooking it while standing over it at the stove top! I’m trying to move to whole grains so i’ve been making risotto with short grain brown rice. any suggestions on how you would modify this recipe for that?
Dominic Franks says
Hey Geoff. Thanks for the comment. Brown rice is very different to arborio rice however I think I would treat it exactly the same. It will soak up the liquid in the same way. Maybe check it after 15 mins just in case it dries out to much and then top up with liquid.