People don’t think of risotto as a 30-minute meal, but it should take no more than 18 minutes from the time you start adding the liquid until it’s ready to serve.

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Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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  • Prepare a large bowl of ice water. In a pot, bring a couple of inches of salted water to a boil. Cook the asparagus for 2 minutes. Using a spider or slotted spoon, transfer the asparagus to the ice water to cool. Drain and pat dry.

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  • In a medium saucepan, warm the stock and saffron over low heat.

  • In a round-bottomed saucepan, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. When the oil begins to smoke, add the pancetta. Cook, stirring often, until the fat renders, about 2 minutes. Add the onion, 2 garlic cloves, and black pepper; season with salt. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is soft, about 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir until coated, about 1 minute. Add the wine and stir until absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the warm stock, a few ladlefuls at a time, stirring vigorously after each addition. From the time you start adding the stock, the risotto should take exactly 18 minutes to cook.

  • When the risotto has been cooking for 15 minutes, heat the remaining 2 tbsp. oil, two turns of the pan, in a medium skillet over medium-high to high. Add the shrimp; season with salt, the thyme, crushed red pepper, and the remaining 2 garlic cloves. Cook, tossing, until the shrimp are almost cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add the vermouth. Cook, swirling the pan, until the shrimp are cooked through, about 1 minute. Add the parsley, lemon juice, and 1 tbsp. butter. Remove from heat.

  • When the risotto has been cooking for 18 minutes, stir in the remaining 2 tbsp. butter, the Parm, and asparagus. Ladle the risotto into shallow bowls. Top with the shrimp.

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