The risotto came out pretty good. It was neither hard as a brick nor was it soupy. My parents both liked it, and so did I. We decided to keep this recipe, but it needs some tweaking. My parents both thought the amount of asparagus should be reduced, and I was concerned that more salt may be necessary. Still, all three of us liked the risotto very much and would prepare it again, which is the true test of cooking success. As for the ease of cooking risotto, I know it was a lot easier for me than for other people because I was cooking only risotto, not a full dinner. I didn't feel it was too much for me to handle just the risotto, but I'm sure I would be overwhelmed if I were cooking anything else while trying to make risotto.