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Dinner Tonight: Asparagus and Shiitake Risotto

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

I've gotten out of the habit of making risotto all the time for dinner (in fact, it's been well over a year since I've written about the rice dish for this site), but with fresh asparagus in hand from a trip to the farmers' market, I figured I'd reacquaint myself with the Italian classic. I wanted to keep things simple with a dish that showcased the spring bounty without covering it up with needless ingredients. This recipe from Gourmet, which pairs asparagus with shiitakes, certainly fit the bill.

I had forgotten how simple and satisfying risotto can be, especially when you have a really fresh asparagus. They're slightly sweet and crisp, which works perfectly with the robust and meaty shiitakes. I kind of wish that there was some acidity in the dish, perhaps even a little lemon zest, but for the most part this is a great way to say hello to spring.

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