2Tablespoonsof olive oil (optional-- for sauteing, you can use water)
1cupof Arborio rice
3cupsof vegetable broth
3/4cupof bite-size asparagus pieces
3/4cupof seeded and diced tomato
1/4cupof shredded carrot
3Tablespoonsof sniped fresh basil
In a large saucepan cook mushrooms, onion, garlic in hot oil (or water) until onion is tender. Add uncooked rice. Cook and stir over medium heat about 5 minutes more until rice is golden brown.
Meanwhile, in another saucepan bring broth to boiling; reduce heat and simmer. Slowly add 1 cup of the broth to the rice mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir over medium heat until the liquid is absorbed. Add another 1/2 cup broth and the asparagus to the rice mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add another 1 cup broth,1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until the broth has been absorbed. (This should take about 15 minutes.)
Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup broth, the tomato, and carrot. Cook and stir until rice is slightly creamy and just tender. Stir in basil. Serve immediately and with a side salad.