Brown Rice Risotto With Mushrooms and Peas

Brown rice risotto
Diana Rattray
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
225 Calories
8g Fat
31g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 867mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 10g
Calcium 119mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This earthy brown rice risotto is a well-seasoned combination of brown arborio rice, mushrooms, peas, sage, and Parmesan cheese. The short grain brown rice—or brown arborio rice—takes a little longer to cook than white, and, if you have never made risotto before, keep in mind that it is a slow process and involves a lot of stirring. But once you eat it, you will agree it is well worth it. It is also important that the broth is hot and that you add it in small amounts. 

This recipe includes cooked frozen peas along with sliced green onions, but feel free to use another fresh seasonal vegetable, like sliced asparagus or steamed diced carrots. Toasted pecans would be an excellent addition as well.


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 12 to 16 ounces / 4 1/2 to 6 cups mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown arborio rice
  • 6 cups hot broth (vegetable and/or chicken, divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf sage
  • 1 cup frozen peas (cooked, hot)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (finely shredded)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until mushrooms are browned. Add the garlic and green onions; continue cooking for 1 minute.

  3. Transfer the mushroom mixture (along with any liquids) to a bowl; cover, and set aside.

  4. To the saucepan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, and place it back over medium heat. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until aromatic, 3 to 4 minutes.

  5. Add 1 cup of broth to the rice and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed. Add 1/2 cup of broth and cook, stirring frequently, until broth has been absorbed.

  6. Continue adding broth in 1/2 cup portions, stirring and cooking until each portion has been absorbed. When the risotto is just tender (about 25 to 30 minutes), add the mushroom mixture back to the rice, and stir in the dried sage. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes longer, adding more broth as needed (add small amounts of water if all of the broth has been used).

  7. Just before serving, stir in the hot cooked peas and Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Serve and enjoy!


  • The grains of rice in perfectly cooked risotto should have a little bite; it should not be super soft or mushy.
  • The pot used to cook risotto should be the same size as the burner to ensure even cooking.

Recipe Variations

  • The beauty of risotto is that it is the perfect blank slate for adding a variety of vegetables or other ingredients or altering the recipe to your liking. You can omit the peas in this recipe or replace them with diced steamed carrots or sweet potato. For a spring dish, add about 1/2 cup of fresh steamed chopped asparagus to the risotto along with the peas. 
  • Adding nuts to risotto creates a delicious flavor and interesting texture. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped toasted pecans to the risotto if you like. To toast the pecans, spread them out in a dry skillet and cook, stirring, over medium heat until they are lightly browned and aromatic. Transfer them to a plate to halt the cooking process.