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Saturday, April 23 2011


  • 3/4  lb.  asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 2  Tbsp.  olive oil
  • 1-1/2  cups  sliced leeks
  • 1  cup  Arborio rice
  • 3  cups  reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3  cup  freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2  Tbsp.  snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2  tsp.  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1  Tbsp.  lemon juice
  • 1/4  tsp.  freshly ground coarse black pepper
  •     Lemon Slices
  •     Lemon peel


1. Place asparagus in single layer on baking sheet. Brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil; lightly sprinkle salt and black pepper. Bake, uncovered, in 450 degrees F oven about 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Cool slightly. Cut two-thirds in 2-inch pieces; set aside all asparagus.

2. Meanwhile, in large saucepan cook leeks in remaining olive oil until tender. Stir in uncooked rice. Cook and stir over medium heat about 5 minutes or until rice begins to turn golden brown.

3. In another saucepan bring broth to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer. Carefully stir 1 cup of hot broth into rice mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until liquid is absorbed. Then add 1/2 cup broth at a time, stirring frequently until broth is absorbed before adding more broth (about 22 minutes).

4. Stir in any remaining broth. Cook and stir just until rice is tender and creamy.

5. Stir in asparagus pieces, cheese, parsley, lemon peel, lemon juice, and pepper. Top with asparagus spears, lemon slices, and peel. Makes 4 servings.

nutrition facts

  • Calories256, 
  • Total Fat (g)9, 
  • Saturated Fat (g)2, 
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g)5,
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1, 
  • Cholesterol (mg)6, 
  • Sodium (mg)683, 
  • Carbohydrate (g)36,
  • Total Sugar (g)4, 
  • Fiber (g)3, 
  • Protein (g)10, 
  • Vitamin A (DV%)0, 
  • Vitamin C (DV%)22,
  • Calcium (DV%)12, 
  • Iron (DV%)27, 
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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