Asparagus and prawn risotto is an Easter favourite in Italy that can be rustled up in no time at all.
The recipe serves four people.
300g of asparagus
One small onion
300g of peeled prawns
Half a glass of white wine
350g of Arborio rice (the classic risotto rice from Piedmont)
1/2 litre of broth
1. Chop the onion finely and fry in some olive oil until soft.
2. In the meantime, remove the hard part of the stalk from the asparagus and cut the asparagus into small bits.
3. Add the rice to the frying onion, toast for a minute (until the rice becomes translucent), then add half a glass of wine.
4. Let the wine evaporate then add the asparagus and one ladle of broth.
5. Let the broth evaporate and keep adding the broth, one ladle at a time, while waiting for each ladle to evaporate.
6. After 10 minutes, add the prawns.
7. Cook until the rice is tender.
8. Turn the heat off, add a knob of butter. stir and rest for 2 minutes.
9. Serve hot with parmesan cheese.
Monica Cesarato is a food blogger, culinary tour guide and teaches cookery courses in Venice. She is currently co-writing a book with about Cicchetti (Venice version of tapas). To find out more about her food tours and cookery classes go to her Cook in Venice website.