The flavors of dried and fresh mushrooms carry through in this proper Italian risotto, made from plump Arborio rice, which absorbs plenty of mushroom stock until it's meltingly tender on the outside but still sturdy within.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2010


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  • Bring water, dried porcini mushrooms, and peppercorns to a boil in a medium pot. Reduce heat, and simmer gently for 1 hour. Strain stock (you should have 7 to 8 cups); discard solids. Return to pot; cover to keep warm.

  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook mixed mushrooms until tender and slightly browned all over, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate.

  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Stir in rice, and cook until coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine, and cook until almost completely absorbed, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Ladle 1 cup reserved stock over rice, and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until almost completely absorbed. Continue adding stock, 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly and waiting for each addition to be almost completely absorbed before adding the next, until grains are al dente but not crunchy, about 30 minutes. (You'll probably only use 6 to 7 cups stock. Add remaining stock to loosen the risotto, if desired.)

  • Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the grated Parmesan. Top risotto with sauteed mushrooms (reheat if necessary), and garnish with shaved Parmesan.


Reviews (4)

67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
I made this for meatless Christmas Eve dinner, served cheese on the side instead of mixed it and it became a vegan dish for a guest and myself. The recipe was really easy, hearty, and everyone, even the kids, enjoyed it. I don't love mushrooms, which is the only reason I can't rate this a 5, but I will definitely make this again and enjoy it despite the mushrooms!
Rating: 5 stars
EXCELLENT AND ADDICTIVE. This is one of the best things you will ever eat if you like mushrooms in the least, everyone loved it that I gave it to.
Rating: Unrated
I followed this recipe exactly and used porcini and oyster mushrooms. The result was a VERY bland dish that tasted like it needed herbs or other flavoring. Neither my husband nor I liked it and I would not make it again.
Rating: Unrated
I made this last night and it was FANTASTIC! I used shiitake mushrooms and it was delicious. Can't wait to make it again.