Rustic Elegance: Mushroom Risotto Delight

by | Dec 11, 2023 | Dinner, Lunch, Sides | 0 comments

Welcome, food enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into a classic, the Rustic Mushroom Risotto. This dish is a perfect blend of earthy mushrooms and creamy rice, promising a delightful experience for your taste buds.

The “Stand and Stir” Technique

The heart of this recipe lies in its traditional “stand and stir” method. Although it demands a bit of patience, the creamy, rich texture you’ll achieve is incomparable. It’s a labor of love that truly pays off.

Choosing the Right Rice for our Mushroom Risotto

Remember, the secret to a perfect risotto is using the right rice. Arborio rice is your go-to choice for that desired creamy texture. It’s easily available in most grocery stores or online. Find Arborio Rice Here

Rustic Mushroom Risotto

Preparation: The First Steps

Let’s start! Begin by heating your choice of broth. In a separate pan, combine olive oil, butter, and garlic. This step is crucial for laying down the flavor foundation.

Cooking the Mushrooms for our Rustic Mushroom Risotto

Next, it’s time for the mushrooms. Sauté them with onions and thyme until they’re perfectly soft. This step enhances the rustic flavor of the risotto.

The Risotto Dance

Now, the risotto dance begins. Add the Arborio rice to the pan, followed by the white wine. Stirring constantly is key here. Gradually add the broth, cup by cup, waiting for each addition to be absorbed. This process, taking about 25-30 minutes, is what gives risotto its signature creamy texture.

The Grand Finale

Finally, stir in Parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary for an aromatic twist. Reintroduce the mushrooms, adjust the seasoning, and voilà! Your Rustic Mushroom Risotto is ready to be savored.

Serving Suggestions for our Mushroom Risotto

Serve your risotto hot, garnished with extra Parmesan and rosemary if desired. It’s a dish that’s sure to impress, perfect for a cozy dinner at home.

Rustic Mushroom Risotto

Rustic Mushroom Risotto

This mushroom risotto recipe goes “old school” with its traditional “stand and stir” technique. This approach may take a bit more time, but the results are well worth the effort. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: mushroom, arborio rice, rice, risotto
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 263kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth, heated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter divided
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and finely minced
  • ½ medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 4 oz baby Portobello mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 4 oz white mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves finely chopped

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, heat chicken or vegetable broth until hot. Reduce heat to simmer and keep warm.
  • Add olive oil, one tablespoon butter, and garlic to a large, high-sided skillet. Turn heat to medium and sauté for approximately one minute, or until garlic softens. 
  • Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes before adding the sliced mushrooms and dried thyme. Cook until mushrooms soften and release liquid, approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. 
  • Return pan to heat and add remaining butter. Add Arborio rice and sauté until thoroughly coated, approximately 1-2 minutes. Add white wine and stir constantly until wine is completely absorbed. 
  • Add one cup warm broth to pan and stir constantly until it is completely absorbed. Repeat with remaining broth, one cup at a time, until it is all incorporated and the rice has achieved a rich, creamy consistency, approximately 25-30 minutes. (For a creamier texture, add more broth until the desired results are achieved).
  • Remove from heat and stir in the freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary. Add mushrooms and stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. 
  • Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary, if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

When making this recipe, don’t be tempted to substitute other forms of rice because they won’t deliver the coveted rich, creamy texture you’re after.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 251IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg

Conclusion

This Rustic Mushroom Risotto recipe is more than just a dish; it’s an experience. The traditional methods used here not only bring out incredible flavors but also connect us with the timeless art of cooking. Enjoy your culinary journey!

Remember, great cooking is about more than just recipes—it’s about techniques. In our next blog post, we’ll dive into another classic recipe. Stay tuned, and happy cooking!

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