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Creamy Mushroom Risotto

Are you brand new to making risotto? Perhaps you have avoided making this dish in the past because of having to ladle in the stock a ladle at a time and wait for it to absorb before adding more. Standing over a hot stove does not appeal to many people. However, this recipe is slightly different because it is simpler, and there are two stock additions rather than all that constant stirring. The result is going to be a rich-flavored, creamy risotto boasting all the authentic Italian flavors you want.

The first thing to do is sauté onion and mushrooms in some butter. Use forest fresh mushrooms or your favorite kind. These are the main ingredient so use the best quality mushrooms you can find. The garlic and parsley go in next, followed by the rice, and then you can add some of the stock. Keep the rice moving else it might stick. The stock will be absorbed by the rice, and then you can go ahead and add the rest in there. The final step is adding some cream, for a rich and luxurious finish. Scatter some fresh herbs over the finished risotto if you want.

Something else Italian chefs like to do, to fortify the mushroom flavor, is to add a few tablespoons of mushroom powder to the mixture. If you want to do this, do so when you add the second lot of stock. If you do not have mushroom powder, you can make it yourself by grinding up some dried mushrooms. This is optional but it does add a richer flavor to the risotto, so is worth doing if you really love that mushroom taste. Pair the finished risotto with a nice, crisp green salad and maybe a glass of white wine as well.

Perfect Risotto Recipe for Beginners
Summary: Mushrooms are showcased in this fantastic risotto recipe. We are adding parsley and garlic for typical Italian flavors, along with cream for a silky, luxurious finish.
Cuisine: Indian
Recipe type: Risotto
Serves: 4
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  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 chopped small yellow onion
  • 1 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1¾ quarts vegetable stock
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh thyme or oregano, for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat the butter in a heavy pot over a moderate heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until tender.
  3. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and wait until you see the mushrooms begin to reduce their juices.
  5. Add the garlic, parsley and some black pepper.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the rice and stir well to coat with the other ingredients in the pot.
  8. Add a cup of vegetable stock slowly.
  9. Keep stirring so the rice does not stick to the pot.
  10. When the stock has been completely absorbed, add the rest.
  11. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated.
  12. Stir in the heavy cream, and serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs if liked.

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Try our mushroom risotto recipe and enjoy this creamy Italian rice dish. Risotto is famous all over the world, and it is surprisingly easy to prepare yourself. The key to making a good risotto is first sautéing your aromatics, then adding the rice and getting it well coated, and finally you can add your stock bit by bit, allowing the rice to soak it up. Here we are using vegetable stock but if you want to use chicken stock that would also work. You can see how adding some fresh herbs to the finished dish gives it a burst of color. Thyme, oregano or another herb would be good with this.

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