Mushroom Risotto

How to Make Mushroom Risotto
My mushroom risotto recipe is a no-fail way to master the creamiest risotto you will ever taste – minus the cream of course! Using wild porcini mushrooms, fresh parsley, and a sprinkle of parmigiano cheese you barely need any ingredients to recreate this Northern Italian dish in your own kitchen…and wait until you taste it! Trust me, it’s not hard, and once you realize that you’ll never order it out again! Try it with your own favourite ingredients and let me know what you choose…

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Vincenzo’s Top Tips To Make Mushroom Risotto

Time is Important!

Check the packet instructions for rice cooking time. Use this as a guide for how long to cook your rice once it has already been lightly toasted as this is the start of the cooking process.

Don’t let the rice dry

Add the stock only as you need to and never let the rice get dry. This may mean you have leftover stock at the end of the process and that’s OK!


The key step is to keep on stirring during the ENTIRE process and DO NOT increase the heat, the rice is best cooked gently and slowly until it’s beautiful and creamy.

mushroom risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Vincenzo's Plate
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 Large fry pan Non-stick
  • 1 Large stainless steel pot You can also use a deep non-stick fry-pan
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 Ladle
  • 1 knife
  • 1 Chopping-board
  • 1 Tablespoon


  • ½ tbsp Brown onion Chopped into small pieces
  • 1 bunch Parsley Fresh and chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil As much as necessary (EVOO)
  • 400 grams Porcini mushrooms 14.11oz

    Cut into chunky pieces. You can also use your choice of veg/protein

  • 300 grams Carnaroli rice 10.6oz
  • ½ glass White wine
  • 50 grams Butter 1.76oz
  • 50 grams Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese 1.76oz. Must be grated
  • 1 L Vegetable stock 35.27oz
  • 1 tbsp Salt


  • The mushroom risotto recipe starts by cooking the key ingredient: MUSHROOMS! Place the large fry pan on your stove at medium heat.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).
  • Leave to slightly warm and add the mushrooms, stirring them through the oil and let simmer.
  • Add a sprinkle of salt and half of the freshly cut up parsley then stir through well.
  • Cook for approx. 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes with a wooden spoon to make sure they are soft and juicy.
  • Meanwhile you can start on your rice for the mushroom risotto recipe!
  • Get a large pot or deep pan and put on the stove again at a medium-low heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and leave to simmer and turn lightly golden. Mix them gently through the oil using a wooden spoon and cook for approx. 10 minutes.
  • Leave the temperature at a medium-low heat!
  • Once the onion starts to turn lightly golden in colour check on your mushrooms – they should be cooked by now! Switch off the stove and leave these to the side.
  • Next, add the rice to your pan (with onions) and stir them through (always using a wooden spoon!). The rice needs to lightly toast in the pan for approx. 4 minutes – stir frequently!
  • After ¾ minutes, add ½ glass wine and keep an eye on the time. From this point, cook according to length of time noted on packet – tasting to be sure of course!
  • Mix the rice with the wine by stirring it through and from this point on, you want the rice to stay moist so once this evaporates, start adding the vegetable stock, one ladle at a time.
  • Once the stock is added, leave it to reduce before adding another portion. The key step: KEEP ON STIRRING during the entire process and do not increase the heat, the rice is best cooked gently and slowly.
  • The rice should become beautiful and creamy during this process.
  • A few minutes prior to the final (recommended) cooking time, add the mushrooms (leaving a small portion to the side) and add another ½ ladle of stock.
  • Mix through, then add more stock as you need to because the mushrooms will absorb the liquid quite quickly. Keep stirring!
  • At this point, taste the rice to make sure it is cooked through then remove from heat once you are happy with the texture.
  • Add the butter immediately and while this is melting, mix through the grated parmigiano reggiano (feel free to add extra too!). Stir until both have melted completely…then serve!
  • E ora si mangia Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!



  • Grate some fresh truffle on top as a gourmet option and of course some added parmigiano reggiano if you would like another kick!
Keyword delicious risotto, Homemade Risotto tutorial, Truffle
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

How to serve Mushroom Risotto

Plate up individual serves of this dish and then grate some fresh Pecorino or Parmigiano chees on top along with some freshly chopped parsley.

For a more gourmet option, grate some fresh truffle on top – this will really impress your tastebuds not to mention your guests!

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12 Responses to Mushroom Risotto

  1. John Small January 29, 2023 at 4:58 AM #

    5 stars
    Yum! Yum! Yum! Absolutely delicious. Thank you Vincenzo.

  2. Pamela Timlin Pam Timlin January 29, 2023 at 8:04 AM #

    5 stars
    Easy to follow recipe. Unfortunately I could only get shitake mushrooms but still very good! First time I ever made it from scratch, I will never buy it frozen again!

  3. Arturas Savickas March 20, 2023 at 6:59 AM #

    Looks great. I was always terrified of risotto, even watching Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen it was one of the most feared dishes and no one could pull it off. Your recipe looks quite straightforward and I can’t wait to give it a try.

    • Vincenzo's Plate March 29, 2023 at 5:00 PM #

      Risotto isn’t scary, it’s actually a really great dish and also fun to make. Don’t believe in those scripted reality shows and trust only the experts. I have made this a hundred few times already and never did I feel the need to be scared. Don’t worry, if it fails the first time around, it’s not the end of the world. Get back up and learn from all the mistakes.

  4. Felipe August 8, 2023 at 6:34 AM #

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Watch the video, it helps get you in the right mindset. Don’t give up, it takes a few tries to make it excellent. Everyone is excited when that is on the menu.

    • Vincenzo's Plate August 15, 2023 at 4:11 AM #

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the mushroom risotto recipe, and I’m also glad you found the video helpful. I agree that it’s important to watch the video before you try making risotto, as it can be a bit tricky to get right the first time.

  5. Pavel October 1, 2023 at 12:23 PM #

    5 stars
    Made it with chanterelles – they are in season right now in Pacific Northwest – and used arborio rice. Came out delicious, thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • Vincenzo's Plate October 2, 2023 at 7:46 PM #

      You’re very welcome! It’s fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the mushroom risotto recipe and made it with fresh chanterelles, which are a wonderful choice for a Pacific Northwest twist.

  6. Rasmus November 4, 2023 at 11:46 PM #

    5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! Found Carnaroli rice and tried it for the first time. Used a mixture of mushroom and vegetable stock and grated both Pecorino Romano and Parmeggiano Romano. I cooked my forest champingnons for too long (didn’t follow Vincenzo’s advice as I wanted them to brown more) but they reconstituted nicely once mixed into the risotto. The only surprise was the cooking time: my Carnaroli packet said 17-20 minutes but I had to cook and stir for 30+ minutes and it was still quite al dente. I believe I probably used a pot that was too small and that my stock wasn’t hot enough. Switched to a Le Creuset large pot and it finished in no time. Also – you guys – reheating this today the day after was incredible! Used a little more hot stock, butter and cheese to get the creaminess back and if anything it was even better reheated!

    • Vincenzo's Plate November 8, 2023 at 7:05 PM #

      It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the mushroom risotto and your creative twists on the recipe! Carnaroli rice is an excellent choice, and the blend of mushroom and vegetable stock along with the mix of Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano Romano cheese sounds divine.

  7. Chris Stewart March 20, 2024 at 8:42 PM #

    Were can you get fresh Porcini mushrooms from in Sydney
    Having trouble finding them

    • Vincenzo's Plate March 26, 2024 at 11:15 AM #

      Ciao Chris! Finding fresh porcini mushrooms in Sydney can be a bit tricky due to their seasonal nature. Your best bet would be to check out specialty grocery stores or gourmet food markets that stock a wide range of fresh mushrooms. Shops like Harris Farm Markets or the Sydney Fresh Food Market often carry a variety of specialty items, including seasonal mushrooms when available. Some specialty grocers in Australia now sell frozen mixed mushrooms which often include the porcini variety – and they are fantastic, We use them often as they are much easier to source and come direct from Italy

      If fresh porcini mushrooms are too difficult to find, consider looking for dried porcini. They are widely available and can be rehydrated to a near-fresh quality, retaining much of the flavor and texture of fresh porcini. You can find them at most supermarkets, specialty stores, or online. Additionally shiitake mushrooms are a great substitute for porcini mushrooms and add a nice depth of flavor to the dish.

      Let me know if you get lucky and find the porcini mushrooms, this recipe is a game changer!

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