Italy in your Kitchen

Italy in your kitchen: risotto agli asparagi


Spring is here and the asparagus season is just around the corner! In Italian cuisine, asparagus comes in many different forms, often with fresh pasta or as risotto. Therefore, we share with you our favourite recipe for a typical asparagus risotto. It is particularly important to pay attention to the quality of the basic ingredients – asparagus, risotto rice (e.g. Carnaroli or Arborio) and wine.


  • 500 g asparagus
  • 300 g rice (e.g. Carnaroli, Arborio)
  • 125 ml white wine
  • 1 l vegetable broth
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • parmesan
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper


  1. Wash the asparagus and cut its woody ends.
  2. Cut the asparagus into pieces of ca. 2 cm and steam half of the asparagus for 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter and add the minced onion.
  4. Saute the onion until softened, add the rice as well as the fresh (not steamed) asparagus pieces and sligthly toast everything.
  5. Pour in the wine and stir well.
  6. Reduce the heat and cook the risotto by adding some hot vegetable broth at a time.
  7. Stir occasionally and add more broth once the rice has absorbed most of the liquid until the rice is “al dente” (around 15 to 20 minutes).
  8. In the meantime, puree the steamed asparagus leaving a few of the spear-headed tips for the garnish.
  9. Add the asparagus puree to the risotto, remove it from the heat and leave to rest for some minutes.
  10. Taste the risotto and, if necessary, season with salt and pepper.
  11. Serve topped with some steamed tips, fresh parsley and grated parmesan.
  12. Buon appetito!

City of the Month



Located in the north-eastern Italian region of Veneto, Asolo is a hidden gem that has been awarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Italy (“I Borghi più belli d’Italia”).

A place of refuge

The name Asolo comes from the Latin word “asylum”, meaning refuge. In this context, Asolo offers a retreat for those who would like to escape the hustle and bustly of everyday life and spend some relaxing days in the hills of Venento. This history goes back many centuries: already in Roman times, it has been a town with a theatre and a spa.

A hundred horizons

Characteristic of Asolo, called the “city of a hundred horizons” by Giosuè Carducci, are the gentle hills, magnificent churches, typical squares (like Piazza Garibaldi) and small streets but even more the ancient walls, frescoes and historic villas – a reminder of the town’s millennial history.

Something for every taste

The city of Asolo and its surroundings offer something for all tastes and interests: from history, art and culture in local museums, art galleries and theatres, to cycling in the hills of Veneto, enjoying a coffee in Cafè Centrale watching the town life, immersing into the rich local cuisine or exploring the nearby Street of Prosecco – Asolo offers everything that makes an enjoyable holiday.

Relaxation and "la dolce vita"

Curious to discover Asolo? If you would like to get to know Asolo in a particularly relaxed way, we can highly recommend our Yoga Retreats which also take place in Asolo. Together with the wonderful Austrian yoga teacher Stefanie Mandl we offer a combination of yoga and sound retreats as well as a full immersion in the dolce vita that Asolo has to offer. Find out more here!

Top 10 places to visit in Asolo:

  • Rocca di Asolo
  • Castello della Regina Cornaro
  • Mercatino dell’Antiquariato (antique market, every second Sunday of the month)
  • Piazza Garibaldi
  • Duomo di Asolo
  • Villa Freya Stark (amphitheatre)
  • Museo Civico
  • Teatro Duse
  • Convento Padri Cappuccini
  • Due Mori (restaurant with authentic dishes and fantastic views)