pea and asparagus risotto

Pea and Asparagus Risotto

All the flavors of spring come together in this risotto. Dried basil, mint, and tarragon rehydrate during the simmer for an intensely herbaceous flavor that highlights the sweetness of peas and the freshness of asparagus.

My version of risotto adds the complex depth of spice at every stage of cooking. Because spices infuse the liquid, water is the base here, not stock. But the resulting dish still tastes rich with the addition of mascarpone and Parmesan.