Easy Mixed Mushroom Risotto

I’m gradually crawling towards autumnal eating, and with it, whilst I wait for the pumpkins and butternut squash to be ready, all things mushroom. Last year this change manifested itself in my Easy Mushroom Pappardelle and in my Mushroom & Pearl Barley ‘Sausage’ Rolls, but, right now, I’m on the mushroom risotto train.

I made this for lunch yesterday and it was so delicious I just had to share it right away. Creamy toothsome risotto, dried mixed mushrooms and slightly caramelised chestnut mushrooms all come together with a lick of butter and lots of grated parmesan to make a rich, satisfying veggie supper made special with just a handful of ingredients.

The mixed dried mushrooms – a storecupboard ingredient I always keep on hand – really are the hero ingredient here, providing both a bit of interest alongside regular cheap chestnut mushrooms, and creating the rich mushroom stock that really takes this risotto to the next level. I keep both the cheaper mixed dried mushrooms which I use here and dried porcini mushrooms to hand, but if this is the first time you’ve used dried mushrooms and you want to make sure the tub goes the mile get the porcini and use them instead of the mixed because you’ll then also be able to use them in my Truffled Mushroom Pate recipe.

Incidentally, you don’t have to use pain chestnut mushrooms here, I’ve just done it because they’re cheap and easy – if you have wild mushrooms to hand by all mean sub them in here for a slightly more luxurious dish!

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Easy Mixed Mushroom Risotto

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 2 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: One Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This easy, autumnal Mixed Mushroom Risotto relies on dried mixed mushrooms and cheap chestnut mushrooms for a rich, nutty, vegetarian treat perfect for your next at-home date night!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 15g (1/2 oz) dried mixed mushrooms
  • unsalted butter
  • 125g (4 1/2 oz) chestnut mushrooms
  • freshly ground sea salt & black pepper
  • large banana shallot
  • 1 tbsp light oil
  • 150g (5 1/4 oz) risotto rice
  • 130ml (1/2 cup) dry white wine
  • small handful freshly grated parmesan, plus extra for serving
  • roughly chopped flat leaf parsley or fried sage leaves, for serving

Instructions

  1. Boil the kettle and pour 770ml (3 1/4 cups) boiling water over the dried mushrooms and set aside.
  2. Heat a knob of butter in a medium, non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Peel and roughly chop the mushrooms and add them to the pan, seasoning well and cooking for a few minutes until tender and golden in places. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the shallot.
  4. Add the oil to the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Add the shallot with another few grinds of salt and gently fry until soft, but not yet golden. Stir in the risotto rice and cook for a few minutes until the rice is slick and glossy with the oil and the grains are heated through.
  5. Add the white wine and allow to bubble away, stirring occasionally.
  6. Drain the dried mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid. Gradually add this, a little at a time, stirring almost every minute into the risotto until almost totally absorbed.
  7. When you have about 3 tbsp of liquid left, stir in the dried soaked mushrooms and cooked mushrooms. Add the last 2 tbsp of liquid, leaving the last tbsp in the bottom of the jug with any grit from the dried mushrooms.
  8. Stir another generous knob of the butter into the risotto, followed by the grated parmesan. Season to taste, and serve immediately topped with more cheese and your choice of herbs.

Notes

Be sure to use vegetarian parmesan if this matters to you.

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