Mushroom Basil Risotto

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I know people are getting ready to take their partners out, or wanting to impress them with a nice home cooked meal (which I think is much more romantic than going out!).

Enter creamy mushroom risotto. Why not impress the person you’re seeing with this delicious meal. With a glass of wine, and a nice chocolatey dessert, I think your night will be set.I won’t say I’m a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, because why just have one day to show your love or appreciation when it should be everyday. That being said, I’m all for making the effort to appreciate them, and it is an excuse to be able to cook something fancy.

This recipe is delicious – it was my first attempt making risotto (not counting this equally delicious lentil risotto), and it can be easily made vegan by subbing vegan butter, and omitting parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4-5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 7-8 mushrooms, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, diced
  • 2-3 tbsp blanched slivered almonds (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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In a saucepan, heat the broth on medium until warmed through, decreasing to a simmer so as to not let it boil.

In a large pan, heat the oil and half the butter on medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, mushrooms, and celery. Add a pinch of salt. Sauté until onions become translucent. Add the rice and stir thoroughly to mix, making sure it doesn’t brown. Add the wine and stir continuously until the liquid is absorbed.

Meanwhile, ladle in the stock, one or two at a time, until the rice absorbs most of the liquid. Ensure that the rice doesn’t completely dry out before adding the next ladle. Continue this process while stirring continuously until the rice turns into a creamy texture, and the rice has become softer. The texture should be still firm, but not crunchy.

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Stir in the remaining butter, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, basil, and parsley, and mix to combine. If using the almonds, sprinkle and stir these in. Enjoy with a glass of your favourite wine!

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What are your plans for Valentine’s?

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