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 barley 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 realise that you’ll never order it out again! Try it with your own favourite ingredients and let me know what you choose…
½ brown onion (chopped into small pieces)
Fresh parsley chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
400g/14oz porcini mushrooms cut into chunky pieces (or your choice of veg/protein)
300g/10.5oz carnaroli rice
½ glass white wine
50g/1.7oz parmigiano reggiano cheese (grated)
1L – 4cups vegetable stock
1 large non-stick frypan
1 large stainless steel pot or deep fry-pan (non-stick)
- My mushroom risotto recipe starts by cooking the key ingredient: MUSHROOMS! Place the large fry pan on your stove at a medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
- Leave to slightly warm up and add the mushrooms, stirring them through the oil and leave to cook.
- 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, adding
- 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!
VINCENZO’S PLATE: 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.
- 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.
VINCENZO’S TIP: 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!
- 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!
HOW TO SERVE:
Scoop up your desired amount of this mushroom risotto recipe and put into the centre of a flat plate. To spread this out evenly, hold the plate firmly with one hand and hit it the plate (underneath) firmly using the palm of your hand. Do this a few times before adding some extra mushrooms on top along with parsley to garnish. This is how to make Mushroom Risotto like Vincenzo.
OPTIONAL: Grate some fresh truffle on top and of course some added parmigiano reggiano if you would like another kick!
E ora si mangia Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!
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