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Lemon Ricotta Risotto with Asparagus, Peas, and Prosciutto

Serves 6

Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

This risotto is a lot more lemony than you might expect, so get ready for some bracing tang along with the rich cheeses.

su-Lemon Ricotta Risotto with Asparagus, Peas, and Prosciutto

Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Karen Shinto
 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
 1 pound asparagus, bottom ends cut or snapped off
 1 teaspoon plus 1 tbsp. olive oil
  Salt and pepper
 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
 2 cups Arborio or Carnaroli rice
 1/2 cup dry white wine
 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
 1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta such as Bellwether Farms
 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
 1/3 cup lemon juice (from 1 to 2 large lemons)
 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
 3 ounces finely shredded Spring Hill or Vella Dry jack cheese or parmesan, plus 1 oz. shaved, using a vegetable peeler
Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°. Set a rack in a rimmed baking sheet and lay prosciutto slices on rack.

Step 2

Arrange asparagus in a single layer on another baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tsp. oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat.

Step 3

Bake prosciutto and asparagus until prosciutto is crisp and very light brown around the edges, about 8 minutes, and asparagus is a little darker and tender when pricked with the tip of a knife, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove both from oven and let cool. When cool enough to handle, cut asparagus into 1-in. pieces. Break prosciutto into small shards.

Step 4

Pour broth into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Step 5

Heat remaining oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until limp but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, until edges turn bright white, 5 minutes. Add wine; bring to a boil and cook until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes.

Step 6

Add one ladleful, about 1/2 cup, of broth to rice and cook, stirring, until almost completely absorbed by rice. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until each addition is absorbed before adding the next, until rice is just tender to the bite, 15 to 30 minutes (you will have broth left over).

Step 7

Stir in mint, ricotta, peas (if using fresh), and lemon juice and stir until most of lemon juice is absorbed. Add butter and shredded cheese; stir until well mixed. Stir in peas (if frozen), asparagus, and pepper to taste.

Step 8

Divide risotto among bowls or plates. Top with prosciutto crisps and sprinkle with shaved cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 405Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g31%

Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 755mg32%
Total Carbohydrate 34g12%

Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Protein 23g46%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.