Crab Risotto with Asparagus

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Crab Risotto with Asparagus

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Crab Risotto with Asparagus

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I always stress myself out about Valentine’s Day. My husband is a hard man to surprise and buy gifts for.

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

Point and case: our first Valentine’s Day, like a thousand and five years ago (or really 15), I tried really hard to come up with a good surprise for him. We had only been dating for 3 and a half months. And because we were so young and it was our first real relationship, we did things like celebrate all the little milestones including our 3 month anniversary. Nate hit it out of the park. Seriously, he pulled out all the stops and created this insanely sweet scavenger hunt that lead to a little present. My little teenage girl heart melted into a puddle.

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

I decided that he NEEDED a good Valentine’s Day. I was really serious about it. So I pulled out all the stops. I did research. I decided I would go over to his dorm after I was out of school and have his roommate let me into his suite where I would then whip up a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner while Nate was at track practice. Good plan right?

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

In theory. It all went well. I had my recipes picked and had talked with his roommate. A few days before Valentine’s Day, I was visiting Nate. His roommate caught me when Nate stepped out of the room and warned me that I needed to talk to Nate about Valentine’s Day immediately. Of course, I did what any rational teenage girl would do: I panicked.

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

As soon as Nate came back, I asked him as calmly as a teenage girl who is sure she’s about ready to be dumped can ask what’s going on. I told him his roommate had said something was up and we needed to talk. I was trying very hard not to cry.

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

Well, imagine my surprise when poor, bewildered Nate told me that he was planning to make me dinner as a surprise for me. He had filled his roommate in on the plan. Not only was he planning on doing exactly the same thing for me that I was doing for him, I even found out that he was planning to cook me the very same meal I was planning to cook for him.

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

Soulmates. It was one of those moments that showed us just how perfectly in sync we are.

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

Every Valentine’s Day we laugh about it. We marvel at our synchronicity even then when we were just beginning. These days, when we talk about that story, we are in awe of the life we have built together since then. We’ve come along way since those early days, and I fall more in love with him each day watching him be an awesome daddy to our 2 year old, listening to him support my endeavors, and hearing all of his corny jokes.Since we’ve been together for so long, Valentine’s Day doesn’t always get the same big fan fare that it did back in those early days but we still celebrate it just the same. We still enjoy cooking romantic dinners like this spicy shrimp scampi or this amazingly delicious crab risotto with asparagus for each other and cooking them at home for awesome home date nights.

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for 2: crab risotto with asparagus

And I take so much pleasure in picking out the perfect card to tell him how much I still love him. I try to pick a card that expresses my feeling. Often I buy him two. This year, the Goose and I went on a shopping day and picked out his cards and goodies together. The cards we selected were from American Greetings. American Greetings has an adorable line of Valentine’s Day cards, gift bags, gift wrap, printables, and stickers perfect for helping you to make Valentine’s Day special. You can find a store that sell American Greetings cards and wrapping here.
For super cute Valentine’s Day printables like the shopping list and decoration, you can check here.

Valentine's Day cards, printables, gift bags, stickers, an tissue paper from American Greetings

Valentine’s Day cards, printables, gift bags, stickers, an tissue paper from American Greetings

 

Valentine's Day cards, printables, gift bags, stickers, an tissue paper from American Greetings

Valentine’s Day cards, printables, gift bags, stickers, an tissue paper from American Greetings

The American Greetings card I chose summed up my feelings quite nicely and Goose, who is in an animal phase, chose a bear card shethought was perfect for Daddy. She also found doggy stickers, which she wanted to ” Doggy on card Dada.” (Translation: put on Dada’s card.)

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

She then panted like a puppy dog for the rest of the shopping trip.

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

I’m glad that Goose helped me pick a card to give to Dada. It’s so important that he feels appreciated from her too. Right now she may be too little to really say the words that would let him know that, but I know she will appreciate him when she’s older.

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

Though we both love her, it’s nice nights when she falls asleep easily and gives us some much needed time alone. Fortunately, the night we celebrated Valentine’s Day part one, she went to bed early. I started cooking up the crab risotto, but throwing it back to our first Valentine’s day, Nate joined. The result? Well truly delicious and worthy of a romantic evening at home.

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

Risotto sounds intimidating but it’s super easy to make. You just need to keep stirring and be patient when adding the liquid. Add a little at a time and let the risotto absorb it as it cooks. This way you get extra creamy risotto that compliments the sweet crab perfectly making for the perfect crab risotto. The white wine and vegetable stock add tons of background flavor. And the hint of garlic isn’t overpowering so it definitely doesn’t kill the romantic vibe.

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

The perfect romantic meal for two: crab risotto with asparagus

Truly a Valentine’s Day meal to remember, complete with the perfect sentiment for the occasion.

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Serves 2 large servings or 3-4 smaller servings

Crab Risotto with Asparagus

Crab Risotto with Asparagus

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For the risotto
  • 1 cup of risotto
  • 2 cups of white wine
  • 2 cups of vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 12 ounces of lump crab meat
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley to garnish
  • For the asparagus
  • 1 pound of fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 1 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 tbs of butter
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbs lemon zest
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, heat 1 tbs of olive oil and 1.5 tbs butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the thinly sliced shallot and the crushed garlic for the risotto. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until the shallots are slightly soft. Season with salt and pepper. Stir regularly.
  2. When the shallots are soft, add the cup of risotto. Stir to coat the risotto with the garlicky oil mixture. Add in a cup of white wine. Stir regularly and let the risotto cook until the first cup of wine is absorbed. Add in the second cup of wine and repeat. When wine is absorbed, pour in first cup of vegetable stock. Cook and stir until absorbed. Repeat with the second cup of stock.
  3. When all the stock is absorbed and the risotto is creamy and fluffy, stir in the crab, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. Remove from heat. Drizzle with remaining olive oil. Serve hot, garnishing with fresh parsley if desired.
  4. For the asparagus
  5. While the risotto is cooking, in a large skillet, heat the butter and oil for the asparagus until the butter melts. Add in the prepared asparagus and crushed garlic. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5-6 minutes or until the asparagus softens. Finish by sprinkling with lemon zest and serve with risotto.
Cuisine: American, Seafood | Recipe Type: dinner
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73 Comments

  1. candy

    Now this looks like a really delicious meal I could make for anytime and we would all enjoy it. Adding it to my list and meal planning.

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  2. Krysten

    What a perfect idea for Valentine’s Day! Or any day for that matter! You seriously made my stomach growl just by reading the post!

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  3. Jacki

    That looks so good! For my husband and mine first Valentine’s Day I made him risotto! It’s so good and flavorful!

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  4. Sarah

    Wow! This is a beautiful and delicious looking spread. I think I’ve found our Valentine’s Day meal! I can’t wait to make (and eat) this!

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  5. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    Risotto is one of my favorite comfort foods. However, I’ve never tried it with crab. That’s something to consider next time. 🙂 Sounds delicious!

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  6. andrea

    Risotto is a dish I have yet to master but I am going to give it another try. Your recipe is the perfect place to start

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  7. Carrie @ourpotluckfamily

    When you whip up a recipe you like this, you know it’s a special occasion. This looks super delicious – perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration at home. Thanks for sharing! #client

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  8. Girl @ girlintherapy.com

    I like how you intertwined your love story with pics of the dish that you’re recommending! And crab risotto sounds like a dream!

    I’m really curious though – what was the exact same dish you and Nate were going to cook for each other!!

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  9. Kat

    We won’t be able to get a sitter for Valentine’s Day, looks like the perfect meal for me to make us at home. Can’t wait! 😀

    Kat | PersianKittyKat.com

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  10. Jasmine

    This meal looks amazing. My hubby actually made me a risotto for our first Valentine’s Day and served it in the shape of a heart. I love that this is a recipe for two. Will definitely be trying it.

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  11. Brittany

    This looks so yummy and like a perfect romantic place setting! Risotto seems so intimidating, but I think you’ve inspired me to try it again!

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  12. Rae

    This is a wonderful dinner idea for Valentines Day or any other special occasion. Luckily I have tons of frozen crab stashed away. 🙂

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  13. Amanda

    What a great story! So sweet how in sync you are. This risotto sounds heavenly, too! Such a romantic dish.

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  14. Ali

    What a great Valentine’s Day dinner idea! I love the combination of crab and risotto – definitely need to try this!

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  15. Sane Mama

    What a delicious sounding recipe and a perfect romantic setting! Looks like we’ll be doing VDay dinner at home this year (with the kids).

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  16. Amanda

    What a beautiful story! I love your tablescape…so romantic. The crab risotto sounds perfect. I love crab and risotto and asparagus. This is a recipe I’ll definitely keep in mind for our Valentine’s Day..

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