Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
The risotto is made using the traditional slow-stirring method, and finished with freshly ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Shiitake mushrooms offer a wonderful woodsy taste and are a great compliment to the earthy dried porcini mushrooms. This risotto would be wonderful with a grilled steak and a green salad.
- 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter (divided usage)
- 1⁄2 cup diced onion
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 3 cups beef broth
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 3⁄4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Prepare porcini mushrooms: Place dried porcini mushrooms in a bowl with 1 cup boiling water. Weight down the mushrooms with something so they stay submerged for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, squeeze mushrooms (saving all liquid) and chop porcini mushrooms coarsely.
- Prepare shiitake mushrooms: Heat 1 T. of the butter in a saute pan. Saute sliced mushroom tops about 5 minutes until soft.
- Set mushrooms aside.
- Meanwhile, heat beef broth in a saucepan just to simmering point. Add to this the retained mushroom liquid so that you have about 4 cups simmering broth.
- In a separate pan, heat olive oil and the remaining 2 T. butter. Saute onions for about 8 minutes until tender and translucent (but not brown).
- Add rice to onion mixture; stir and cook about 4 minutes until rice is well coated and has turned opaque white.
- Add wine to onion/rice mixture; stir and allow to evaporate.
- Add chopped porcini mushrooms (don't add shiitake yet), along with 1 cup simmering broth. Stir and cook until this liquid has evaporated. Then add another 1 cup broth; stir and simmer. Repeat until rice is tender, which will take about 18-20 minutes. You may have some liquid remaining.
- When the risotto is done cooking, add shiitake mushrooms, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Top with chopped parsley. Serve.