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March 19, 2014

Wild Mushroom Risotto

NASCAR Driver Leilani M√ľnter

  • Rev up your Meatless Monday with a serving of wild mushroom risotto. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

  • NASCAR driver Leilani Münter says that eating vegetarian is "a doable thing for anyone on the planet." Douglas E. Murray

Serves 4

1/2 ounce (15g) dried porcini mushrooms
5 cups (1,125ml) low-sodium vegetable stock
1/3 cup (75ml) margarine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 to 2 red chili peppers, de-seeded and chopped
1/2 pound (225g) wild mushrooms, halved (if large)
1/4 pound (115g) button mushrooms, sliced
2 cups (450g) Arborio rice
2/3 cup (150ml) white wine
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Soak the porcini mushrooms in 1 1/4 cups of very hot—but not boiling—water for 30 minutes.

Drain the mushrooms from the liquid, setting aside both the mushrooms and the soaking liquid.

Pour the vegetable stock into a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Meanwhile, melt the margarine and olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the onion, garlic, and chili peppers; cook gently for 5 minutes.

Add both the fresh mushrooms and the drained porcini mushrooms to the skillet; cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir the rice into the mushroom mixture and continue to cook for 1 minute.

Strain the soaking liquid from the porcini mushrooms, and stir it into the rice/mushroom mixture, along with a little of the hot vegetable stock. Cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is absorbed. Continue to add more stock, a ladleful at a time, until the rice is tender and the risotto looks creamy.

Add the wine, along with the remaining stock. When all the liquid is absorbed, season the mixture with salt and pepper.

Remove the risotto mixture from heat; top with chives and parsley.

(Recipe from Leilani Münter in All Animals magazine July/August 2012.)


All figures are per serving (assumes 4 servings).

Calories: 630
Fat: 18 g 
Carbs: 92 g
Fiber: 6 g
Protein: 17 g
Sodium: 498 mg