Asparagus Risotto!

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Healthy simple and easy to make asparagus risotto which will be sure to keep the pounds away.

Ingredients-

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup chopped shallots
1 cup arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine (or 1 Tbsp lemon juice and 3 Tbsp water)

4 cups of vegetable stock
1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed, tips cut off, tough skins of the spears peeled (if working with thick apparatus spears), and the spears cut into thin disks
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Directions- 
In a 3 or 4 quart saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon butter on medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for a minute or two, until translucent. Add the rice and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring until nicely coated. 

While the shallots are cooking, bring the stock to a simmer in a saucepan.

Add the wine. Slowly stir, allowing the rice to absorb the wine. Once the wine is almost completely absorbed, add 1/2 cup of hot stock to the rice. 

Continue to stir until the liquid is almost completely absorbed, adding more stock in 1/2 cup increments. Stir often to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. 

Continue cooking and stirring rice, adding a little bit of broth at a time, cooking and stirring until it is absorbed, until the rice is tender, but still firm to the bite, about 20-25 minutes. With the last ladle of stock, add the asparagus. Turn off the heat.
 
Gently stir in the Parmesan cheese and the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

(You may need a little more or less of the vegetable stock. If you don't have anymore stock,  just use water.)