Mushroom Risotto
Mushroom risotto is a delicious variation on a classic dish. To make this mushroom risotto recipe, Arborio rice and mushrooms are cooked in a savory broth. The beauty of mushroom risotto is in the earthiness of the mushrooms you choose. Italians make mushroom risotto with fresh porcini mushrooms when they are in season in spring and fall. Dried porcini mushrooms make an excellent substitute in this mushroom risotto and are found in specialty markets. (When using dried mushrooms for this or any dish, soak them in boiling water for 30 minutes, strain the liquid, and add it to your dish or save for another day. In this preparation, add it to the broth.)

As in all risottos, the Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese is the essential finishing touch.
Servings Prep Time
6people 30minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6people 30minutes
Cook Time
  1. Use white or brown mushrooms, or a mixture of fresh white and wild mushrooms such as chanterelles, shitake and oyster mushrooms (if combining fresh and dried mushrooms, use 8 ounces fresh mushrooms and 1 ounce dried mushrooms). Clean and slice the fresh mushrooms and soak, drain and chop the dried mushrooms.
  2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan. Add the onion and thyme and cook over medium heat until the onion is translucent. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until they give off liquid and reabsorb it as you keep cooking. (Note: You can make the mushrooms ahead of time and reheat them before you start the risotto.)
  3. Heat the broth in a saucepan and correct for saltiness. It will determine how much salt you need to add to the risotto while it cooks.
  4. Add the rice to the mushroom mixture. If there is no oil or butter left, you may need to add an extra tablespoon or two of butter. Stir the rice continuously for 2 to 4 minutes until it is glossy and the edges of the rice grains are translucent.
  5. Add the white wine and stir. The mixture will bubble vigorously. Once most of the wine has evaporated, start adding the broth, a ladle at a time, and stir the risotto continuously to prevent the rice from sticking. Correct the saltiness to taste.
  6. Keep adding broth as soon as the previous ladle of broth has been absorbed. You will need 6 to 8 cups in total, depending on how much broth the mushrooms absorbed, and how much is evaporating during cooking. Keep stirring while you add the broth.
  7. After approximately 20 minutes your risotto should be cooked. Taste to make sure the rice is done, and add a last ladle of broth if you like your risotto more soupy. Add the grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and stir. Taste and adjust the seasonings at this point.
  8. Shave the wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano with a vegetable peeler into slivers.
  9. Serve the risotto immediately. and pass Parmigiano Reggiano slivers at the table for scattering over the plates.

    Note: If you aren’t serving your risotto immediately, undercook it by about 4 minutes. Make sure it is fairly wet when you shut off the heat and press some buttered greaseproof paper directly on top of the rice. Cover the pan with a lid, the risotto can be left for 15 to 20 minutes but no longer. Before serving, check to see if the rice needs more liquid and proceed as in Number 7. When properly cooked, your risotto will be creamy from the starches in the rice.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Mushroom Risotto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Potassium 125mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 37%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.