Risotto Alla Funghi Porcini
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 18
  • Servings: 6
  • 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cups Mushroom Broth (I use Mushroom broth in place of Beef but you can also do this with Chicken or vegetable stock)
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 Shallot (Minced Fine) a finely diced leek is nice too (White part only)
  • 1 cup Arborio, Carnaroli or Vialone nano rice
  • 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, reconstituted
  • the filtered water from mushroom soak
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 TB freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Asiago d’Allevo
  • 1 TB Butter
  • 1 TB Porcini Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle with Chopped Italian Parsley, or chives
DIRECTIONS
  1. Soak the porcini mushrooms in 1 cup of warm water for about 30 minutes – remove mushrooms and squeeze out excess moisture and chop.
  2. Filter liquid through cheese cloth and reserve.
  3. Bring the mushroom stock to a simmer in a small sauce pan over low heat. Cover to keep it hot.
  4. In a medium, heavy saucepan, pour 2 tablespoons Olive oil and apply medium heat.
  5. Add the shallot or leek and sweat until it begins to turn translucent;
  6. Add the rice and stir to coat with the oil.
  7. Add the reserved liquid from the soaked mushrooms and simmer until it has almost evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of simmering broth and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes.
  9. Continue adding the broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently and allowing each addition of the broth to absorb and pull the starch out of the rice before adding the next, just before adding the last ½ cup of liquid, toss in the chopped mushrooms; add the last ½ cup liquid and cook until the rice is tender but still al dente and the mixture is creamy, about 18 - 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from the heat.
  11. Stir in the tablespoon of butter, 2 tablespoons of grated cheese and salt & black pepper to taste.
  12. Cover and let stand for 3-5 minutes before serving
  13. Sprinkle with chopped parsley when serving.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
This is my second favorite risotto; My first is the Lemon. If you check out that recipe you will notice these are very similar, aside from the addition of Mushrooms. I tend to follow the same formula of liquid to rice when making any kind of risotto. The only real differences are Butter vs oil; what kind of stock and whether I finish it off with more butter, oil, a certain cheese or mascarpone.