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…
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!
KEEP ON STIRRING
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.
- 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!
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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