Mushroom Risotto

When making risotto it’s important to serve it when the rice is just cooked. It should be al dente as the Italians say. It’s not difficult – you just need to add the liquid slowly and check the rice each time, before adding more stock.

While the dried mushrooms aren’t essential in this recipe they add a depth of colour and flavour that you won’t achieve from just using fresh mushrooms.

About 30g of dried mushrooms (e.g. porcini)
2 cups boiling water
1 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cloves garlic, crushed
250g mushrooms, peeled and sliced
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
1½ cups arborio rice
½ cup white wine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
About 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
To garnish:
Fresh rocket leaves
3 Tbs pine nuts, lightly toasted
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, extra
A drizzle of Extra Virgin olive oil (optional)

Cover the dried mushrooms with the boiling water and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Drain, keeping the liquid. Chop the drained mushrooms.

Heat olive oil and butter in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook the onion and garlic for 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until soft but not browned. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring. Add the herbs, the chopped dried mushrooms and the rice and cook, stirring for a minute or two. Add the wine and cook, stirring, for a minute or two, until there is no liquid left.

Add the liquid from the dried mushrooms and cook, stirring from time to time, until it has been absorbed. Continue to cook the risotto, adding the vegetable or chicken stock about a cup at a time and adding more when it has been absorbed. Stir often and keep tasting the rice. It is ready when it is tender, but still has a little bite to it. You may not need all the stock.

Mix in the Parmesan and season to taste.

Serve risotto garnished with the rocket, pine nuts, extra Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil.

Serves 4

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