Mushroom Risotto is a sumptuous Italian rice dish that tantalizes the taste buds with its rich and creamy texture. Arborio rice, renowned for its ability to absorb liquids while maintaining a satisfying bite, forms the heart of this dish. Slowly cooked in a flavorful broth infused with aromatic herbs, white wine, and savory vegetable or chicken stock, the rice achieves a perfect al dente consistency. The star of the show, earthy and tender mushrooms, imparts a deep umami flavor, creating a harmonious blend with the rice. Finished with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and a touch of butter, Mushroom Risotto is a comforting and elegant dish that captivates with its nuanced flavors and velvety mouthfeel, making it a timeless favorite among food enthusiasts.
- 8 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 tbsp butter divided
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb button mushrooms sliced
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 sprigs thyme leaves removed
- kosher salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 cups Arborio rice
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 cup Parmesan freshly grated
- 3/4 cup frozen peas thawed
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- Ina medium saucepan over medium heat, bring chicken broth to a simmer. Reduce heat to low.
- Ina large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon butter, garlic, mushrooms, bay leaf and thyme. Cook until the mushrooms have softened and are golden, about4 more minutes, then season with salt and pepper. Remove mixture from the pot.
- Melt remaining tablespoon butter in the pot and add the Arborio rice, stirring quickly. Cook until the grains are well-coated and smell slightly toasty, about2minutes. Add the wine and cook until the wine has mostly absorbed.
- With a ladle, add about 1 cup hot broth. Stirring often, cook until the rice has mostly absorbed liquid. Add remaining broth about 1 cup at a time, continuing to allow the rice to absorb each addition of broth before adding more. Stir often and cook until the risotto is al dente and creamy, not mushy (you might not need all the broth).
- Add the mushroom mixture back into the rice.
- Stir in Parmesan and peas then garnish with parsley. Serve warm.