A delicious Mushroom Risotto is easier than you might think! It’s a classic Italian dish that everyone should learn how to make.

Mushroom Risotto

This recipe for Mushroom Risotto changed the course of my life.

I know – that sounds very dramatic. But if you asked my husband about the exact moment he knew he wanted to marry me, he would tell you that he knew I was “The One” when I made this exact mushroom risotto recipe for him for the very first time.

Years ago, when Jack and I first met, we used to take turns cooking dinner for each other in hopes of impressing each other with our culinary skills. We both loved to cook, and we both loved eating good food, so when we started dating it was a lot of fun to cook for an appreciative audience – or conversely, to be pampered by a delicious home cooked meal that the other had prepared. So one night when it was my turn to cook, I grilled some salmon and served this creamy mushroom risotto on the side. It was love at first bite!

And while I can’t promise that making this recipe will change the course of your life like it did mine, I can promise that it’s a delicious way to prepare Mushroom Risotto!

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Mushroom Risotto

Like most risotto recipes, this one takes some time and attention to prepare. But otherwise, it is rice that is simply and perfectly flavored with onion, chicken stock, Parmesan and sautéed Crimini (also sometimes called baby Bella or baby Portobella) mushrooms.

Is risotto a rice or a pasta?

Risotto is a Northern Italian dish made from Arborio rice. (The name risotto is derived from the Italian word ‘riso’ which means rice.) Arborio is a rounded, Italian short grain rice that is high in starch. Because of that high starch content, as the Arborio rice is cooked in broth, it achieves a creamy texture. It can be simply flavored with cheese, or you can make different risotto variations including today’s risotto with mushrooms, seafood, or vegetables.

Some people confuse rice-shaped orzo pasta for risotto. And some risotto-style recipes are made with other grains – like this one. But risotto made with Arborio rice is the original.

Mushroom Risotto

Steps for Cooking Perfect Risotto

We give you step-by-step instructions in the recipe card below. But there are few tips and tricks to ensure that your Mushroom Risotto cooks up perfectly.

  • When you are adding mushrooms to your risotto (or other vegetables or protein), cook them separately from your rice. Then once the risotto is cooked, stir your mushrooms in at the end just before serving.  Doing so will prevent your mushrooms from overcooking, and it will allow the risotto to cook evenly.
  • Saute your Arborio rice in butter and oil before you begin adding the stock. This begins the cooking process, allowing the starches in the rice to begin to develop flavor.  Just be sure not to overcook the rice at this point. You don’t want to let the rice turn brown – just saute the rice long enough for it to start to turn translucent.
  • Preheat your stock in a saucepan and keep it warm on the stove. Then use a ladle to add the warmed stock in half cup (or so) increments as your risotto simmers and cooks.  Have extra stock on hand in the event that your risotto needs a little more cooking time. (It’s also helpful to have stock on hand if you need to reheat any risotto.)
  • Don’t boil your risotto – let it gently simmer as it cooks. Stir constantly as it cooks.
  • We have had the best luck cooking risotto in a smaller, deeper, heavy-bottomed sauce pan which holds the heat, versus a larger, wider pot.  The smaller, cast iron allows the rice to cook in the stock, while preventing the stock from cooking off too quickly.

How can you tell when Risotto is Done?

Risotto is done when the rice is cooked ‘al dente’ or ‘firm to the bite’. It will be chewy, but shouldn’t be mushy.

One trick is to take a grain of the cooked rice (allow it to cool first, of course) and place it between your fingers. Squeeze – and if the grain breaks in the middle, it’s done.

Once the rice is cooked, stir in your pre-cooked mushrooms and some freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.  Serve with some extra Parmesan sprinkled on top.

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How do you reheat risotto?

We think risotto reheats the best in the microwave with a little bit of stock added. After the a minute or so, stir, then finish heating through.  Just be sure that the risotto doesn’t heat up so much that it overcooks and becomes mushy.

What do I serve with Mushroom Risotto?

You may like these other risotto recipes:

This post originally appeared on A Family Feast in November 2012.

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Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings

Description

Risotto with Crimini mushrooms and Parmesan cheese.


Ingredients

Mushroom preparation

1 8-ounce package Crimini or baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned and quartered

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of salt

Rice preparation

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup onion, diced

1 cup dry Arborio rice

1/3 cup dry white wine

2 ½ cups chicken stock, home made if possible

¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions

  1. To prepare the mushrooms, clean the mushrooms by brushing them off (avoid washing with water) and cut into quarters (stems may be left on).
  2. In a medium sauté pan, melt the one tablespoon each of butter and olive oil. Add the cleaned and quartered mushrooms and sauté over medium-high heat until lightly browned, stirring frequently. (Note – it’s important to sauté the mushrooms over somewhat high heat in order to get the mushrooms to release their moisture without steaming.) Once the mushrooms are lightly browned and tender and plump, sprinkle lightly with just a touch of salt and allow to sauté for another minute more – this step will release just a bit more of the moisture in the mushrooms. Remove the mushrooms from the heat and set aside.
  3. To prepare the rice, in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter and olive oil together over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the Arborio rice, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes until the rice is just starting to turn lightly golden.
  5. Quickly pour in the white wine and allow the liquid to boil and be absorbed into the rice. Then pour in ¼ cup of chicken stock to the rice, stirring constantly. (If necessary, adjust the heat under the pot – you want a medium simmer.) Add more stock ¼ cup at a time – adding more stock just as most but not all of the liquid has been absorbed before adding in more stock.)
  6. Cook the rice and stock together in this manner for approximately 25 minutes or so – until the rice is tender but not mushy. Turn the heat off when there is still some liquid remaining in the rice and stir in the Parmesan cheese and mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine completely.
  7. Remove from heat and cover – let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Note: Risotto may be reheated by adding in some additional chicken stock and stirring to incorporate into the risotto.

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Mushroom Risotto

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  • Tracy wrote:

    Absolutely scrumptious!! Will be making over and over again.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Tracy!

  • Lisa wrote:

    Do you think vegetable stock would work?

    • Martha wrote:

      Yes – using vegetable stock is fine. Enjoy!

  • Jackie Pittman wrote:

    I love this recipe! I used a combination of cremini, oyster, and baby bela fresh mushrooms, and a package of rehydrated porcini. When adding the chicken stock, I would replace it occasionally with a !/4 cup of the porcini water. So earthy and full of flavor!. I did double it and the leftovers are just as good. Be sure to moisten with more stock before reheating.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jackie! Adding the water from rehydrating the mushrooms is a great idea!!

  • Jackie Pittman wrote:

    This will be the main course with a green salad and good, course bread for 3 adults and one child. Will there be enough or should I double the recipe?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jackie – Yes – for 3 to 4 main course portions, I would double the recipe. Enjoy!

  • Nicole wrote:

    It was AMAZING & really easy. I added thyme & garlic. Mine was quite rich because my stock was really rich so next time I might use a lighter stock or water my stock down a little.

    • Martha wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe Nicole!

  • Liz Abunaw wrote:

    I know this post is old, but I’m so glad it’s still near the top of the Google search for mushroom risotto recipes. My goodness this was so daggone good. It’s a bit labor intensive with all the chopping and stirring, but the actual cooking process is very straightforward. No wonder your husband said, “she’s a keeper,” after you prepared this for him. Sublime.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Liz! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the recipe as much as my husband did! 😉

  • Alexis Franco wrote:

    I’ve made this recipe over and over, we never get tired of it, the risotto is creamy with a robust flavor from the wine and mushrooms.

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe Alexis!

  • S wrote:

    Can I sub the chicken stock to milk or vegetable stock

    • Martha wrote:

      You can swap in vegetable stock (but not milk).

  • Jo wrote:

    Better than what I had in Italy last week!!! Added large wild scallops and mamma mia.

    • Martha wrote:

      Wow Jo!! Thank you so much – that’s a huge compliment! Grazie!! 🙂 Scallops are a great idea!!

  • Tania wrote:

    This is a fantastic recipe and easy to make, thanks so much! Already made it three times in the last month.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Tania! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Jackie wrote:

    YUM YUM YUM! This is a great recipe, though I also added more stock than the instructions called for. Thanks for this recipe!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jackie! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Maria Luz wrote:

    OMG this was really simple to do and the result was so outstanding!!!! I followed the recipe exactly and my family totally loved it. Thanks for this wonderful risotto!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Maria! This recipe is near and dear to our hearts and we’re very glad you enjoyed it so much!

  • Julia wrote:

    In all honesty- do you have a paypal “donation” tab?

    I am finding your site to be far more useful than spending the day cookbook shopping. I can get exactly what I want and I am having so much fun looking at your offerings and reading your sweet stories! I’ve seen some blogs host a Donation Button that helps to pay for the site. So many great recipes, I’d spend $$$ easily on cookbooks to get them all.

    • Martha wrote:

      Awww… thank you so much Jackie! No charge to visit our site or to enjoy our recipes! 🙂 We’re so glad you found us! Thanks for taking the time to write to us today!

  • Bayley wrote:

    Made this tonight in my dorm’s kitchen at school — it was fantastic! I substituted the onions for garlic, and added a *little* lemon juice at the end. Then I topped off my serving with a fried egg. Thank you so much for the recipe, this was my first risotto (and I come from a risotto family) and it was perfect.

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe Bayley! (Love the addition of the lemon at the end!) Thanks for taking the time to write to us!

  • Janice wrote:

    My first Risotto and I made your Mushroom Risotto. It was delicious. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Janice! So glad you enjoyed the recipe – this recipe in particular is very near and dear to our hearts! 🙂

  • Katie wrote:

    I had to use 4 cups of stock to get the rice to the right consistency. Did I do something wrong?

    • Martha wrote:

      Not at all Katie! Sometimes risotto takes a little more liquid to get it the right consistency.

  • Chance wrote:

    I made this delicious recipe tonight and what I loved was how simple it was to make, and with so few ingredients, a great one for a financial savvy meal plan. Thankyou! 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Chance!

  • Rahne wrote:

    Can I substitute the white wine? What can I use for that substitution?

    • Martha wrote:

      Yes – just replace it with chicken stock!

  • Mike wrote:

    Looks fantastic but I am a wee bit concerned about the ratio. You have 2.5 cups of chicken stock plus wine and I’ve been following a box directions of vino plus 4 cups of chicken stock or until done.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Mike! Is the 4 cups+ of stock for 1 cup of rice or more than that? Either way, if you follow our recipe and need more stock it should be fine!! Hope you enjoy the recipe! Martha

  • Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama wrote:

    Oh, I love risotto so much! It is like adult comfort food. 🙂

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