Mushroom Risotto

5 Apr

My advice to you before setting out on your own risotto adventure: stir. Never stop stirring. Not even for a second. Trust me.

mushroom risotto


• 1½ cups arborio rice
• 1 qt mushroom stock, vegetable stock or chicken stock
• ½ cup white wine
• ½ small onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
• 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
• 4 Tbsp unsalted butter or margarine (½ stick)
• 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
• 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• Kosher salt, to taste


1. Heat the stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan, then lower the heat so that the stock just stays hot.
2. Melt 1 Tbsp of the butter in a saute pan and saute the sliced mushrooms until they’re soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil and 1 Tbsp of the butter over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the chopped shallot or onion. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until it is slightly translucent.
4. Add the rice to the pot and stir it briskly with a wooden spoon so that the grains are coated with the oil and melted butter. Saute for another minute or so, until there is a slightly nutty aroma. But don’t let the rice turn brown.
5. Add the wine and cook while stirring, until the liquid is fully absorbed.
6. Add a ladle of hot stock to the rice and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. When the rice appears almost dry, add another ladle of stock and repeat the process.

Note: It’s important to stir constantly, especially while the hot stock gets absorbed, to prevent scorching, and add the next ladle as soon as the rice is almost dry.
7. Continue adding ladles of hot stock and stirring the rice while the liquid is absorbed. As it cooks, you’ll see that the rice will take on a creamy consistency as it begins to release its natural starches.
8. Continue adding stock, a ladle at a time, for 20-30 minutes or until the grains are tender but still firm to the bite, without being crunchy. When you’re down to your last few ladles of stock, add the cooked mushrooms. If you run out of stock and the risotto still isn’t done, you can finish the cooking using hot water. Just add the water as you did with the stock, a ladle at a time, stirring while it’s absorbed.
9. Stir in the remaining 2 Tbsp butter, the parmesan cheese and the parsley, and season to taste with Kosher salt.
10. Risotto turns glutinous if held for too long, so you should serve it right away. A properly cooked risotto should form a soft, creamy mound on a dinner plate. It shouldn’t run across the plate, nor should it be stiff or gluey.

mushroom risotto


2 Responses to “Mushroom Risotto”

  1. Stevie 05/04/2011 at 10:55 pm #

    I have a recipe for “almost no-stir risotto”! I got it from my Cook’s Illustrated and it’s phenomenal. It’s made in a Dutch oven instead of a regular sauce pan. It’s still relatively time and labor intensive, but nowhere near a traditional risotto recipe.

    I’ll send it to you if you’d like!

    • kageblogs 05/04/2011 at 11:04 pm #

      Yeah I would love that! My arm was actually sore after making this batch. Thanks so much!

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