This mouthwatering meal has long been a crowd favourite for a number of reasons. It could be the tasty and creamy risotto texture that keeps people coming back for more, or even just the super simple recipe that will take up less than an hour of your time.
This dish is definitely best served fresh from the stove with a sprinkling of cheese to top it off. And if you want to make it entirely vegetarian, the only thing you have to replace is the parmesan. Try using a vegetarian hard cheese and then you’re in the green!
- 1 litre salt-reduced vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 brown onion, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
- 40g butter
- 500g Portabella mushrooms, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 cup finely grated parmesan (or vegetarian hard cheese)
- Heat the stock and 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan over high heat until almost boiling. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, stirring, for 5 mins or until tender. Stir in the rice until well coated. Stir in the wine and cook for 1 min or until wine has evaporated. Add 1 ladleful of stock mixture and gently stir until stock is absorbed. Repeat with the remaining stock mixture until the rice is tender with just a slight bite.
- Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the garlic, stirring, for 3-4 mins or until golden and crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate. Increase heat to high. Cook the mushrooms in the butter, in batches, stirring, for 5 mins or until golden and tender. Transfer to another plate. Return one-quarter of the mushrooms to the pan. Add the garlic and parsley. Season and toss to combine. Reserve to garnish the risotto.
- Stir the plain mushrooms and parmesan into the risotto. Set aside, covered, for 2 mins to melt. Divide among plates and top with reserved garlic mushrooms. Season with pepper.