Grandma G's Mushroom Risotto

"My Granny Newman gave me this recipe some 30+ years ago to use in a home economics class for Italian day. My teacher and other teachers loved it. I got an A+ for this one. GrannyN was a great cook and a wonderful Grandmother, I miss her so."
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  • Cook orzo according to package directions.
  • Drain.
  • In a large skillet cook mushrooms and garlic in butter over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir in milk.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
  • Add cheese, almonds, and tarragon; cook and stir until cheese has melted.
  • Stir in cooked orzo.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl; sprinkle with snipped chives.

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  1. This is such a good recipe. We all loved it and I'll be making it again and again. Thank you so much for sharing it GrandmaG!
  2. Really flavorful. I chose this as a Pick A Chef recipe Nov '04. I used the rosamarina pasta and followed the recipe as written except I added just a bit more cheese (I shredded a bit too much). It's creamy, and I LOVE the crunch of the almonds. I took a couple of pics, but they came out blurry - my camera battery is really low. Thanks!


<p>I'm the mother of 2 (boy and a girl), currently 3 grandchildren (all girls), 1 Chihuahua (Bebe` Chico), and at last count 8-yard cats. Too many of my city friends believe I live a pretty boring life in the country. But country life is perfect for &nbsp;me. For fun I travel around the state visiting country fairs and craft shows. I own more gardening and craft books than cook books, that's what drew me to recipezaar. My passions are cooking, gardening, scrapbooking, sewing and spending time with my family.</p> <p>My biggest problem right now is finding time to spend on this wonderful site. Last summer I did start back up canning and I even purchased a pressure canner so now I'm canning a little more than just jams and jellies.<br /> <br />I'm so glad to see so many people are enjoying my Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe, and it pleases me to know you are receiving great compliments on the juicy bird! <br /> <br />Thank you all for your wonderful comments, Lots of Love.. ~GMaw~</p>
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