How to make creamy mushroom risotto: A rad rice recipe

Many foodies struggle to make a good risotto, but no more! In this creamy mushroom risotto recipe, TAG24 takes you through everything you need to know when making risotto. Get ready to impress!

Are you up for a warm, creamy mushroom risotto? This recipe has you covered.
Are you up for a warm, creamy mushroom risotto? This recipe has you covered.  © Rob Wicks / Unsplash

People often make risotto all wrong, even if it is a relatively easy dish to perfect.

With the right style, technique, and ingredients, risotto is one of the easiest recipes you can make for the whole family.

Here's an easy creamy mushroom risotto recipe worthy of the food lovers and cooking champions among us. It's time to get out your forks, and whip up some savory, steamy goodness.

What is risotto?

Risotto is an Italian rice dish generally made from short-grain rice, boiled in stock and wine, with Parmesan cheese.

It originates from northern Italy around the Lombardy region, and is generally consumed as a main course or "primi piatti."

Seeing as the rice is usually cooked slowly in white wine and vegetable stock, with a base often (but not always) made out of onion and garlic, and most often mixed with Parmesan cheese, risotto is famous for being rich and incredibly creamy.

(Just like our other favorite Italian recipe, authentic Pasta Carbonara.)

How to make mushroom risotto | Recipe

Creamy mushroom risotto: What more could you want?
Creamy mushroom risotto: What more could you want?  © Yalamber Limbu / Unsplash

Many people struggle to cook a creamy, delicious risotto, but it's actually not that hard.

The three non-food ingredients you need is time, patience, and a good pot.

Making risotto, like many other Italian dishes, is about passion and fun, so treat it that way!

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Take your time, allow yourself to enjoy the smell, have a glass of wine, and listen to some music.

Now, let's dive in.

Mushroom risotto recipe | Ingredients

You don't need many fancy ingredients to make yourself a delicious mushroom risotto, but you do need the right ones.

This recipe provides enough for a full family-sized portion, with maybe even some leftovers as well. If you want less, reduce the portions accordingly. For more, increase them and adjust the ratio.

Here are the ingredients you need for creamy mushroom risotto:

  • 2 cups short-grain risotto / arborio rice
  • 10oz mushrooms
  • 3 medium-sized yellow onions
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 5-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1.5 cups white wine
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1-2 cups of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (or Parmesan)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

These ingredients are all relatively cheap, but you can feel free to change it up a bit. Chuck in some nicely seared and seasoned chicken, shrimp, or even some mussels! And top with some parsley or oregano for a finishing touch.

Mushroom risotto recipe | Instructions

Making mushroom risotto takes time, but with this recipe you will quickly realize that it's actually not too hard!

All you need is patience, some good ingredients, and a nice glass of wine to keep you company while you stir like a madman.

How to make creamy mushroom risotto:

Step 1: After cleaning and chopping up the mushrooms, sauté them in a pan with a little bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Once they are nice and soft, and any water released has been evaporated, set aside on a plate.

Step 2: Dice your onions and sauté them in a large pot, mixing with olive oil, for about 2-3 minutes. Add crushed garlic and continue to cook until fragrant and translucent.

Step 3: Add a small amount of olive oil and tip the rice into the pan with the onions, continuing to sauté and roast the grains for about 1-2 minutes, being careful not to let them burn. Add the mushrooms into the mix.

Step 4: Toss in the white wine and stir thoroughly, continuing to mix the rice grains and allowing them to absorb the liquid.

Step 5: Once the wine has mostly evaporated, or has been absorbed by the rice, it's time to add the stock. Using a ladle, start by adding about two ladle-fulls. Mix slowly but continuously until the stock has boiled off.

Step 6: This is the bit that takes a "long time." For at least an hour, continue to add single spoonfuls of stock whenever the previous has evaporated off, mixing continuously throughout.

Step 7: Continue this process until the rice has been cooked through but is still a little bit chewy, similar to the texture of al dente pasta. This generally takes at least an hour, if not longer, if you do it slowly.

Important: You need to slowly add the stock over a long period of time, as this allows the rice to thicken up, and the starch from the rice to form an almost creamy consistency. If you add all the stock all at once, like you would when normally cooking rice, it will have the wrong texture for risotto.

Step 8: Once the rice has reached the right creamy texture, add the stick of butter and continue to mix until fully melted and combined. Follow this up by adding most of the cheese, leaving a little aside for garnishing, and mix thoroughly so that the risotto is thick, creamy, and cheesy.

Step 9: Serve in a bowl or on a wide plate, garnishing with a scattering of grated cheese and cracked black pepper, and any other spices.

How long does it take to make risotto?

Always allow yourself a bare minimum of two hours to cook your risotto.

You want to get the rice just right, have time to prepare the ingredients, and allow them to slowly soften and thicken up as you stir, stir, stir.

There's no need to rush risotto, as you want the rice to be cooked through but not be mushy. You also want to have the dish's flavors distributed evenly and intensely throughout.

Treat it with respect and patience.

Feel free to substitute mushrooms for whatever you're feeling instead.
Feel free to substitute mushrooms for whatever you're feeling instead.  © Stefan Schauberger / Unsplash

How to make risotto creamy

Risotto does not contain cream, but instead it is creamy due to the short and thick rice grains swelled with wine, stock, and cheese.

The trick to making your risotto creamy is to allow yourself time to slowly mix in the stock over at least an hour.

Allow the risotto rice to absorb each cup of stock before adding the next one, and remember to mix in the cheese right at the end. This allows the Parmesan to mix with the starch from the rice and form an incredibly delicious and creamy consistency.

How to make risotto without wine

It is not recommended that you substitute wine out of a risotto, but its still possible. If you simply don't like the taste, you can substitute the acidity of a white wine with another alcohol, like dry sherry.

Alternatively, if you don't want to make risotto with wine because of an allergy or issue with alcohol, there's a solve.In such a case, add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar to the dish. This will add that acidic element, and should not ruin the taste, as long as you don't use too much.

Use more stock and cheese, though, to substitute.

It's not hard to make homemade risotto, but it does take a while.
It's not hard to make homemade risotto, but it does take a while.  © Evan Williams / TAG24

This easy risotto recipe is perfect for the whole family

Who doesn't love the delicious taste and texture of a well-made Italian risotto? You don't need to use mushrooms for it, either. Feel free to chuck in some seafood, some chicken, asparagus, or whatever you'd prefer.

Whatever your choice, though, one thing is guaranteed - you're going to have one hell of a dinner!

With this delicious creamy risotto recipe, you'll be impressing your friends, family, and significant others with your ability to make a risotto worthy of the gods!

Cover photo: Stefan Schauberger / Unsplash

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