Creamy Low-Fat Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Creamy Low-Fat Mushroom Risotto Recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
161 Calories
3g Fat
24g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 161
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 508mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 684mg 15%
*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.)

Originally from Northern Italy, risotto is a hearty and delicious dish in which rice is the star. Flavored and cooked with broth—beef, chicken, fish, or vegetable—risotto is sometimes finished with a generous pat of butter and a handful of Parmesan cheese, which makes it creamy and silky. However, butter, although delicious, isn't always necessary to make a succulent risotto. Our lighter recipe uses just two teaspoons of olive oil alongside herbs, wine, mushrooms, and chicken broth to provide this risotto with plenty of flavor and character. Ideal for a weeknight, and the perfect light main or side dish, this mushroom risotto is a great low-cal comfort-food meal.

Our risotto is naturally gluten-free as long as the broth you use is a gluten-free brand. Many store-bought broths use wheat-based ingredients as thickeners so double-check the labels if cooking for someone with a wheat allergy. Make it a meal for vegan and vegetarian guests by swapping the chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Choose arborio rice for our risotto, and all risottos, as its high-starch content adds to the creaminess of the dish. Cremini and shiitake mushrooms are our chosen types for this risotto but in a pinch use any mushrooms that are available to you. White mushrooms (champignons), portobello, porcini, or other less common mushrooms like morels or oysters are perfect. Remember to constantly stir as you slowly add portions of the broth to the rice until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is firm but creamy. Although there's a bit of work to be done, the finished rice is worth the effort!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups reduced sodium fat-free chicken broth, or vegetable broth

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup arborio rice

  • 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs, or Italian seasoning

  • 6 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, room temperature

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach

  • Garnish: 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Creamy Low-Fat Mushroom Risotto Recipe ingredients

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  2. Pour broth into a 2-quart saucepan and heat over medium heat until simmering, but not boiling. Cover to keep warm and leave on a very low simmer.

    broth in a saucepan

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  3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions and garlic until softened and fragrant, or about 3 to 5 minutes, making sure the garlic doesn't brown.

    onions and garlic in a skillet

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  4. Add the rice and sauté for 1 minute, stirring to prevent sticking.

    rice, onions and garlic in a pan

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  5. Sprinkle the dried herbs and add the mushrooms. Sauté the rice-and-mushroom mixture until the mushrooms release their juices, or 5 to 8 minutes.

    mushrooms and herbs with the rice mixture in the pan

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  6. Add the white wine and stir.

    white wine cooking with the mushroom and rice mixture in the pan

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  7. Once the wine has been mostly absorbed, carefully add the hot broth, 1 cup at a time, stirring and waiting until each cup of broth has been completely absorbed before adding the next. Continuously stir during the process to avoid that the rice sticks to the bottom or sides of the skillet.

    risotto cooking in a pan with broth

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  8. Add the spinach before adding the last 1 1/2 cups of broth. Stir to combine.

    spinach added to the risotto mixture in the pan

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  9. Add the remaining broth and keep stirring until all is absorbed.

    risotto with mushrooms and spinach cooking in a pan

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  10. Once all the liquid is absorbed, sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

    Creamy Low-Fat Mushroom Risotto in a pan

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  11. Enjoy!

How to Select and Clean Mushrooms

When buying mushrooms at the store look, for mushrooms that look smooth and plump. Skip limp, discolored, or soggy items. You want mushrooms to be dry in their package, as moisture ruins them fairly fast. If you are using cultivated mushrooms, simply clean them as best as you can with a damp paper towel. Don't soak or run them under water, as they will soak up a lot of it, which can dilute their flavor and change their texture.

Wild mushrooms, on the other hand, do need a lot of water to be cleaned as they might have more dirt and/or bugs. Simply soak the wild mushrooms in a bowl of cold water for a minute or two until most of the dirt has settled at the bottom of the bowl. Rinse each mushroom under water and remove dirt with the help of a paper towel. Place all of the mushrooms to dry on top of a clean kitchen towel or paper towel and pat each dry to remove excess moisture.

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