This is my favorite risotto recipe. The mushrooms add a deep earthy flavor to the rich, silky rice, while a sprinkling of parsley adds a fresh, green overtone.
4 cups (1 quart) vegetable broth
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 cup Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
8 ounces fresh crimini (brown) mushrooms, coarsely chopped*
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
In a large saucepan, heat the broth over medium heat almost to a boil. Reduce the heat to low or medium-low, and keep the broth at a slow simmer.
In a separate large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium to medium-low heat. Add the onion, and saute for 4-6 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent. Do not let the onion burn.
Add the rice to the onion mixture, and saute for a minute or two, until all the rice is coated.
Add the wine to the rice mixture, and saute over medium heat until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Add the hot vegetable broth to the rice mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly each time until most of the liquid is absorbed before adding more.
Repeat until the rice is tender and creamy, but still slightly firm in the middle (al dente). The process will take at least 20-35 minutes. You may not need to add all of the broth, or you may need to add some water or more broth to achieve the desired consistency. The finished risotto should not be runny, but should also not be stiff.
Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, along with salt and pepper to taste. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked through.
When the rice is almost done, stir in the cooked mushrooms, along with any mushroom juices in the pan.
Continue cooking, adding more liquid as needed, until done. Stir in the Parmesan, along with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring, for another minute or two to blend all the flavors.
Sprinkle with the parsley, and serve.
-- 3-4 servings
* Note: Crimini mushrooms are sometimes sold as “baby portobellos” or “baby bellas”. If you cannot find them, feel free to substitute other wild mushrooms or regular white mushrooms.