|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 21g||27%|
|Saturated Fat 13g||65%|
|Total Carbohydrate 29g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||10%|
|*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.|
Mushroom risotto is wonderful, especially in the fall when the porcini mushrooms are fresh, but this dish is delicious when made with dried mushrooms too. If you cannot find fresh or dried porcini, you can use other meaty, fragrant mushrooms (such as chanterelles/girolles or morels).
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, about 1/2 cup, packed
1 cup hot water, for soaking the mushrooms
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, or 3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely sliced
1 1/2 cups short-grain rice, such as Arborio, or Vialone Nano
1/3 cup dry white wine, slightly warmed
4 cups water, beef broth, or thin bouillon, simmering
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/2 cup heavy cream, optional
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, minced
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
Gather the ingredients.
Steep the dried porcini mushrooms in 1 cup of hot water for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, sauté the onion in 2 tablespoons of the butter (or 3 tablespoons olive oil) over medium-low heat. When the onion is lightly browned, transfer it to a plate using a slotted spoon and stir the rice into the butter (or oil) in the pot.
Sauté the rice for several minutes, until it becomes translucent, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to avoid sticking or burning.
Return the onions to the pot, stir in the wine, and continue stirring until the alcohol smell has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Then stir in the first ladle of liquid (if you're using plain water, also add about 3/4 teaspoon of salt), and while it's absorbing, chop the mushrooms and strain the liquid they soaked in through a fine-mesh strainer, as it can contain sand.
Add the chopped mushrooms and their strained soaking liquid to the rice, then continue adding water or broth a ladle at a time, stirring occasionally. As soon as the rice is al dente, turn off the heat, stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of the grated cheese, the cream (if you're using it), a little bit of ground pepper, the parsley, and fine salt, to taste. Cover and let sit for 2 minutes.
Serve hot, with the remaining grated cheese for sprinkling on top.
This would pair well with a light red wine, for example, a Sangiovese di Romagna or a Valcalepio Rosso.
Edited by Danette St. Onge