Creamy Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Creamy Mushroom Risotto Recipe
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.

Making this mushroom risotto recipe is an easy way to impress your friends – vegan or not! It does take a little bit of attention, but the results are so worth it.

Creamy Mushroom Risotto Recipe

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Makes enough for 2-3 large servings


  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • ¼ cup white wine (optional)
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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  1. Heat 3 cups of water in a small pot to just below a boil.
  2. Warm another pot to medium, add the rice and a pinch of sea salt, and stir it while allowing it to brown slightly. Pour the wine over the rice, and stir until it is all absorbed by the rice. Use water if you prefer. Next, add the heated water to the rice, about a ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly and waiting for all the liquid to be absorbed before adding more.
  3. While this is cooking, heat a small pan to medium-high and saute the mushrooms in olive oil. Once they are fully cooked, add the lemon zest and juice. You can marinate the mushrooms rather than saute if you wish, by putting them in a container with a lid, sprinkling them with salt and lemon juice, and shaking them. Allow them to sit, shaking occasionally, for about an hour to soften.
  4. Use all 3 cups of water for a very liquid, creamy risotto, or add only 2-2 ½ cups for a sticky risotto. Once all the liquid is absorbed, test the rice to see if it is done. It should be soft, but only just cooked (al dente). Stir in the mushrooms and parsley, season with black pepper, and serve.



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