Mushroom risotto

Mushroom risotto

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Cooking time

Takes 30 minutes, plus soaking

Skill level



Serves 4

Barney guides you through a step-by-step guide to making a mushroom risotto - you might even find it relaxing!

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info




  • 50g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 250g pack chestnut mushrooms, sliced and washed
  • 300g risotto rice, such as arborio
  • 1 x 175ml glass white wine
  • 25g butter
  • handful parsley leaves, chopped
  • 50g parmesan or grana padano, freshly grated

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  1. Put the dried mushrooms into a large bowl and pour over 1 litre boiling water. Soak for 20 mins, then drain into a bowl, discarding the last few tbsp of liquid left in the bowl. Crumble the stock cube into the mushroom liquid, then squeeze the mushrooms gently to remove any liquid. Chop the mushrooms.
  2. Heat the oil in a shallow saucepan or deep frying pan over a medium flame. Add the onions and garlic, then fry for about 5 mins until soft. Stir in the fresh and dried mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for 8 mins until the fresh mushrooms have softened.
  3. Tip the rice into the pan and cook for 1 min. Pour over the wine and let it bubble to nothing so the alcohol evaporates. Keep the pan over a medium heat and pour in a quarter of the mushroom stock. Simmer the rice, stirring often, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Add about the same amount of stock again and continue to simmer and stir - it should start to become creamy, plump and tender. By the time the final quarter of stock is added, the rice should be almost cooked.
  4. Continue stirring until the rice is cooked. If the rice is still undercooked, add a splash of water. Take the pan off the heat, add the butter and scatter over half the cheese and the parsley. Cover and leave for a few mins so that the rice can take up any excess liquid as it cools a bit. Give the risotto a final stir, spoon into bowls and scatter with the remaining cheese and parsley.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2006

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gubsie's picture

Very successful - if a tiny bit gritty but I didn't pay heed to the instruction to chuck away the last bit of porcini soaking liquid, which appears to be quite critical part of the process. I added half fat creme fraiche to mine at the end with the parmesan and this has turned what was quite a dark coloured risotto - looked a bit like rice cooked in gravy - into a lovely creamy risotto and also cut through some of the intensity of the mushroom flavour, so I think it's been a good move. Could also have used mascarpone or even double cream to achieve the same. Very tasty, dinner party quality :)

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ladyleah's picture
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Made this last night using Carnaroli risotto rice and dried wild mushrooms that did include porcini, but not porcini alone. It definitely required more liquid as the rice was not cooked after adding all the stock. We added smoked bacon lardons when frying the onions and garlic to introduce some protein. Having had to buy almost all the ingredients just to make it, it was a pretty expensive dinner in the end (£13 from Tesco for the chestnut mushrooms, dried mushrooms, rice, parmesan cheese, 1 onion and butter, which does not include the white wine, garlic, olive oil, chicken stock cube, dried parsley (which we used instead of fresh) and salad we had on the side which we already had at home). We were not huge fans with the result overall, as it had a strange flavour when you bit into it in parts. Will be trying a different risotto recipe next time.

falafellover's picture
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A fantastic recipe, always a winner with my boyfriend! I usually substitute the wine for extra stock. Delicious!

Shonie's picture

This is a great recipe made a number of times. Tip only use 750ml to soak mushrooms as always have 300 to 350ml left over at the end. Use Porcini stock cubes rather than vegetable stock for a richer flavour which i purchased in Carluccio's

paulfiona's picture

Made this risotto for supper really lovely and tasty. Would definitely make again.

carol1449price's picture

Tried this tonight. I've never cooked a risotto before and this was easy to follow. I didn't have dried mushrooms so used what I had in the fridge and it tasted OK. I guess there would have been more flavour with the dried mushrooms but hey ho! I also had to cut the ingredients down as I was onky cooking for me. Other than using nearly all the stock, it worked out OK. I enjoyed it!

cizzim's picture
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Lovely recipe! The supermarket didn't have any dried porcini mushrooms so I just used Oyster and chestnut mushrooms. I also used chicken stock instead of vegetable stock as I thought the flavours would suit it better. Had it with some fried chicken fillets, it was great! :) I halved the recipe and still needed to use almost the entire litre of stock, but not all of it.
Was the first time I'd made risotto (although I grew up watching my dad make it many times!) and I was very pleased with the result!

helers's picture

Definitely needs more liquid. For those who prefer a lighter creamier risotto, try Carnaroli instead of Arborio. It's available in Tesco but not with the rice, you will find it beside the herbs & spices section. This is the preferred rice used by Italians and IMO makes a better Risotto.

Good recipe the reason for 4 rather than 5 is the amount of liquid.

minahamley's picture
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This was a great easy to use, basic recipe for a risotto.

I used a 300g bag of frozen Cooks Ingredients mixed mushrooms from Waitrose. Next time I'll probably use one and a half bags, to make it even more mushroomy. Used chicken stock instead of vegetable, which gave a lovely flavour. I also used more wine and more hot water on top of the recommended amount of liquid; this was definitely necessary to get the texture I prefer in a risotto. We both enjoyed it immensely, and I will definitely be making it again!

justina87's picture

This is a perfect rissoto recipe, I use dried porcini and a few frech chestnut mushrooms and it comes out fabulous every time

anetak1980's picture

Very nice risotto!

roseanna21's picture

Not the best risotto I've had

nameishenry's picture

I did this in my food tech class! I'm 13 and after mastering the risotto technique can cook this off by heart! The first time I prepared this dish I was overcome by the glorious sweet, earthy aroma whilst cooking and the creamy taste at the end; I couldn't help but to cook this again. :P

poldweia's picture
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The rice was lovely, but hubby reckoned the porcini mushrooms were like chewing shoe leather. I won't be doing this one again.

marlyly89's picture
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Good recipe, just not GREAT. Came out tasting quite dry, cooked it for my whole family and everyone agreed it was missing something.

jofranks's picture

Nice with a sprinkling of truffle oil and some pickled mushrooms on top to add an extra layer of depth.

zaramaumoniat's picture

Is there anyway to avoid using wine in this recipe?

dkreidk's picture

Use non alcoholic wine like shloer or white grape juice