Mushroom risotto

Mushroom risotto

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Takes 30 minutes, plus soaking


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

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal445
  • fat17g
  • saturates7.7g
  • carbs63g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein15g
  • salt1.45g
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  • 50g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 250g pack chestnut mushroom, sliced and washed
  • 300g risotto rice, such as arborio
    Risotto rice

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  • 1 x 175ml glass white wine
  • 25g butter



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  • handful parsley leaves, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 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.

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14th Feb, 2016
Nice, simple risotto recipe. You can't call it vegetarian if you include parmesan though.... if you know anything about how that cheese is made you'd know that. With the parmesan substituted with Violife Prosociano and the butter with non-dairy margarine it becomes vegan and very delicious too
5th Jan, 2016
This is really delicious. I needed to use more liquid to ensure the rice was cooked. I added thyme sprigs to the water when soaking the mushrooms and omitted the parsley as a consequence. A five star recipe all round, which I don't seem to be able to include!
30th Nov, 2015
Tried this recipe for the first time last week having never made a risotto before and I couldn't have been happier with the results! I used chicken stock instead of vegetable and served with a grilled chicken breast and garlic bread. The recipe is really easy although does require close attention and a lot of stirring to prevent it getting burnt on the bottom! So good I'm going to make it again this week!
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2nd Sep, 2015
I've made risotto many times but this is the first time I've tried this recipe. I mostly followed the recipe but added grilled strips of belly pork (chopped into chunks), swapped the vegetable stock for chicken stock, added a handful of frozen peas, a splash of double cream and salt and pepper to taste. I also only soaked the porcini mushrooms in 500ml water, as I prefer to top up with water (or milk), as I go along, to get the right amount of liquid. Served with steamed vegetables and warm garlic flatbread. Fed 4 adults. Have been asked to make it again!
21st Apr, 2015
great risotto me an my son love to make this together and i usualy surve with pork chops just fried in a little bit of butter.. A little bit of heaven on a treat day :)
25th Apr, 2015
This recipe makes for a really straightforward guide if you've never made risotto before. Try to be patient with the rice; it will soften eventually. And don't forget to add those deliciously earthy porcini mushrooms, which IMO make the dish.
8th Apr, 2015
Great recipe! Explained with easy to follow instructions; so easy even I couldn't get it wrong. I used to be quite nervous cooking risotto but this is now a firm family favourite. Have also added more wine and more cheese to suit but recipe is a good'n, thanks
30th Jan, 2015
Absolutely beautiful. I added dried thyme with the mushrooms instead of using fresh parsley, left out the wine and stirred through some chopped leftover sausages I had in the fridge. Hubby was really impressed so this is going to become a regular for us.
11th Jan, 2015
Delicious! I used smoked, dry-cured bacon lardons at the beginning to render some tasty fat to cook the onions and garlic in. Otherwise followed the recipe to the letter and it was delicious. Will definitely save this recipe to use again.
6th Dec, 2014
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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