Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Risotto Pollo Funghi + Asparagus

Since taking ownership of a new set of sparkling Scanpan saucepans, I've taken every opportunity to test them out. First up, I made some toasties for lunch. Inspired by Georgie's post, I thought toasted ham, cheese & tomato were the way to go with the frying pan. They did not disappoint. I made a trusty spaghetti bolognese, simple and very tasty. I whipped up a batch of healthy steamed vegetables for the boys, using the beast of a steamer (this thing totally dwarfs my previous steamer)

Next up, I prepared a dish that's an old favourite in our house. I haven't made this one for a while, but it's a winner for the cooler months and with all this lovely new equipment, there has been no excuse for not making my specialty meals. I do love a good risotto. This one I found on the back of a rice packet, about 5 years ago and I've been making it ever since. When it's all boiled down (pardon the pun), it's nothing fancy, just your basic, garden variety...

Chicken, Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto

2 cups aborio rice
2 tbsp oil
300g chicken breast
2 cups cup or button mushrooms
1 onion (diced)
5 cups warm chicken stock
1 bunch asparagus
1/3 cup grated parmesan
1/3 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
2 tbsp cream

Heat oil, then pan fry chicken and mushrooms until chicken is lightly browned.
Remove from pan and set aside.
Reduce heat, cook onion and rice for 2 minutes.
Add 1 cup stock every 5 minutes (or until absorbed), stirring rice continuously.
Repeat process, using 1 cup of stock at a time, until rice is tender.
Place chicken and mushroom back into rice.
Stir asparagus through.
Stir in parmesan, cream and parsley.
Serve immediately, with a generous spinkle of cracked pepper to taste.


  1. Oh yum I love a good risotto. Nothing beats them in this colder weather too.

    I make a chicken & mushroom or chicken and pumpkin risotto and you've just reminded me. I'll have to add it next weeks meal plan.

    Glad your enjoying your scan pan!

  2. Oh my! that looks delicious!! I always forget to make risotto, and the kids love them, will have to try out your recipe! xx

  3. Oh look! I'm on your blog! So pleased I inspired you, Julie...

    Love risotto too, an absolute favourite in this household. gxoxoxo

  4. I forgot to add, did the boys eat it? My boys love the pumpkin one but spend the entire time picking out the mushrooms if I make one like that. So I only make it when I've got something else for them :-)

  5. Yum. Hearty thanks for the help with the meal plan!


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