Creamy Risotto with Lemon, Asiago and Rosemary!


Ahhh, creamy, cheesey risotto!
What a wonderful creation from the food gods, you are!
This week the “I Heart Cooking Clubs” bloggers prepared ‘grains’ recipes from Nigella Lawson. Each and every one of her creations has filled our tummies with delight and our faces with smiles. I simply MUST run out and collect her cookbooks! For this theme on grains, I selected rice, more specifically, risotto.
So many people sadly shy away from preparing risotto due to the continual stirring and adding of broth while the rice absorbs the broth and becomes creamier by the minute. For me, the process of standing by the stove, and the stirring, stirring, stirring while the cream thickens around the rice is beautiful in the love and patience required for this specialty. The results always reward the patient cook!
Just look at this gorgeous, creamy, rich risotto . . . simplicity and perfection!

Lemon Risotto with Parmesan, Asiago and Rosemary
What you need for the risotto:

2 green onions/shallots
1 stalk celery
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1-1/3 cups risotto rice (preferably Arborio)
1 quart vegetable stock
1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
Needles from 2 small sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic (or garlic powder) – my addition
1 egg yolk
4 Tbsp grated fresh Parmesan (I used 1/2 Parm and 1/2 Asiago cheeses)
4 Tbsp heavy cream
white pepper
Sea salt to taste
What you need to do to make the risotto:
In a mini food processor, finely chop the celery and green onions/shallots.
In a deep pot, heat half the butter, the olive oil, and the celery/shallot mixture until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
Mix in the rice, stirring to coat the rice with the butter and oil.
In another saucepan, heat the stock and keep it warm and simmering.
Pour a ladleful of stock into the rice mixture and keep stirring until all stock is absorbed.
Add another ladle of stock, stir again.
Repeat this process until the rice is cooked to ‘al dente‘.
Use your judgement with the stock — you may not need it all, or you may even have to add some hot water beyond 1 quart.
Mix the lemon zest and rosemary into the risotto.
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk, lemon juice, Parmesan (and Asiago), cream and pepper.
When the risottos still has a little ‘bite’, remove it from the heat and add the bowl of lemon juice, egg, cheese mixture.
At this point, I also added the garlic.
Add the remaining half of the butter.
Salt to taste.
Check your seasoning and make adjustments.
Dig in, savor, and ENJOY!

Saute green onions and celery in butter and olive oil and then add the rice to coat.

Ladle broth in rice mixture, stir, absorbing the liquid; continue to add broth, stir, absorb.

Risotto begins to thicken and cream up. Continue to add broth and keep stirring the rice constantly to create more creaminess.

When rice is nearly al dente (has a bit of a bite), add the cream, egg, cheese, lemon mixture.
I also added garlic to the risotto at this point, tasting as I added it.
Season to taste with sea salt

The fresh rosemary is straight out of my herb garden, and grows year-round in the Carolina’s.

I served this with my family’s Italian meatloaf recipe . . . now how much more comfort food can you get with that combination?

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  1. Hubby loves risotto…I am always looking for a recipe to try. Thanks!

  2. Yummy, risotto. I need to remember to make it more often. It’s so creamy and comforting. We love our fresh herbs, don’t we? this year I hope my basil grows as hearty as yours. I can’t wait!

  3. This looks like a very warm and comforting risotto with a wonderful lemon accent. Great job!

  4. Wonderful! I keep looking at this recipe, I really want to try it soon too. Delish!

  5. Hey Roz, you are right, not much more can compare to the comfort level of this one! Your Risotto looks superb and I love the way you illustrated the instructions!

  6. I don’t mind stirring a risotto at all – it’s those pesky rouxs that are annoying. This sounds wonderful!!

  7. Great dish!I love risotto and your looks delicious!
    Wonderful work!
    Have a lovely week.

  8. Your risotto looks heavenly and I have lots of rosemary. Will give this a try.

  9. This is a wonderful pick for great grains week! Your risotto turned out perfect and looks delicious. I love making risotto and like you, don’t mind hovering over the stove stirring and stirring. It is such a rewarding outcome;D

  10. Ooh, risotto is one of my favorite guilty pleasures! This one looks lovely. I’m going to try to use farro instead of the arborio rice next time I make it!

  11. This looks absolutely scrumptious! I am taking it as a sign to make risotto for the first time…I have seen quite a few risotto recipes in the last couple days! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow how beautiful this dish is….love the lemon and cheese flavors…awesome pictures bellisimo~

  13. Oh my – this looks absolutely wonderful! I love lemon and rosemary together so adding them to risotto sounds perfect to me.

  14. MMMMM, delicious! Bella!

    The pictures make me think I could even make this. I’m on vacation at the moment, but want to try when I get home, thanks for the inspiration.

    I’m sitting with my cup of tea and catching up on Friday Follow.

    Nice to meet you. I hope you’ll follow me back-

    Kelly from Kelly’s Lucky You

  15. So, it’s almost midnight here and I’m getting mad about this scrumptious risotto !

    Have a blessed and beautiful week, dear Roz :)

  16. I find stirring risotto and watching the dish come together relaxing. Lovely recipe.

  17. WOW, how weird that I just saw that arboreo rice or whatever it’s called at the grocery store this weekend! I thought it was expensive so I didn’t get any. BUT WOW…you care some cook! This looks AWESOME!

  18. I absolutely LOVE risotto… and this one looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  19. Amazing lovely creamy Risotto …a lovely addition to the week of grains and more at IHCC….

  20. I have had this one marked and now you made me really want to try it. Beautiful!

  21. Wonderful looking risotto. And I so love the lemon and rosemary together, I’d only omit the egg and add more cheese to get that creaminess. I’ll definitely try this.

  22. i love risotto too, this is a great looking recipe.

  23. Oh this looks so creamy. My husband loves risotto. He also loves lemon and rosemary together so I’m sure this would win him over.

    I’ve made her cheddar cheese risotto and it was also very good. I’m excited about trying this one!

  24. Thanks for sharing this yummy risotto recipe. I’ve really got to try this! :)

  25. Sounds wonderful! Have a great weekend!

  26. Must be my lucky day.Stopping by for FF.Thanks for the recipe.I can’t wait to try this.Have a great day!

  27. I just loved your blog!
    I love the risotto. Looks and sounds delicious!!.
    Happy Friday Follow!
    I am now following!!

  28. Looks yummy. Hi, found your blog through Friday Follow. Looks like you have some great stuff. Now following!

  29. you’re blog looks delish!
    maybe I can feature some of your recipes on mine sometimes, I do recipes on Sundays
    found you via follow friday, I am way excited to read your blog! follow back at
    can’t wait to get to know you!!

  30. Stopping by from Friday Follow. Looks like you have some yummy recipes on your blog! Hope you can stop by my blog too!

  31. I think I just gained a few pounds looking at these photos. YUM!

    I’m a new follower from Friday Follow. Please stop by and follow The Penny-Pinching Mama. Lots of great giveaways over there :)

  32. absolutely love risotto this is perfect! I am so glad you visited me and I am following this blog yum!

  33. This looks absolutely amazing!! I love risotto and lemon and rosemary so this recipe makes me very happy.

    I want to invite you to join in our blog hop. This week’s theme is Citrus and this would be a perfect recipe to link up. Please stop by and feel free to link up as many citrus recipes as you would like – both sweet and savory.


  34. I have never had Risotto let alone even try to make it. Along with everyone else at the party, except for two, this was all our first times. And everyone loved it. It would have been good to have a cook time or an approximation time but other than that it was a great recipe and great course with the Stuffed Pork Chops.

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