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Creamy Mushroom Risotto

This Creamy Mushroom Risotto recipe is a cheap and filling dinner that's incredibly simple to make, the whole family will love it. www.insidetherustickitchen.com

A super easy Creamy Mushroom Risotto made with chanterelle and chestnut mushrooms, fresh thyme and parmesan cheese. This risotto is ultra comforting and great for busy weeknights. Autumn has arrived…

AN overhead shot of creamy mushroom risotto with chanterelle mushrooms

If there’s something I really love it’s quick comfort food and this creamy mushroom risotto is just that! I mean what better way to celebrate Autumn? Delicious chanterelle and chestnut (crimini) mushrooms are mixed through mouthwatering silky arborio rice with mascarpone and parmesan. It’s just SO good!

Risotto is so simple to make and doesn’t take long at all. It’s a quick and cost-effective way to make a filling and satisfying meal on busy weeknights. I always have arborio rice in the cupboard and chicken stock either in the freezer or store cupboard so I can whip up a risotto any night of the week.

Tips To Remember When Making Risotto

  • Always use either Arborio or Carnaroli rice for making risotto.
  • Use homemade chicken stock preferably for the best flavour. If you don’t have homemade stock then go for a good quality store bought option and try going for a low sodium brand so you have more control over the seasoning.
  • Simmer the risotto slowly on a medium to slow heat, stirring often. Don’t be tempted to speed things up and turn up the heat, the flavour won’t be great and either will the texture.
  • Use high-quality ingredients, always. If food is simple you need quality.

How To Make Creamy Mushroom Risotto – Step By Step

Add olive oil in a large pan under a medium heat. Finely chop the onion and add to the pan, saute until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic, mushrooms and thyme leaves to the pan with the onions, fry for 2 minutes stirring occasionally (photos 1-3).

Add the arborio rice and stir until it has soaked up all the flavours and mixed thoroughly with the onions and mushrooms (photos 4 & 5).

Step by step photos for making creamy mushroom risotto

Add around 2-3 ladles of chicken stock until the rice is covered and add a small pinch salt and pepper. Stir constantly until the rice starts to absorb the stock.

Continue adding one ladle of stock at a time allowing the rice to absorb the stock each time whilst constantly stirring. Continue until stock is used up, the rice should be perfectly cooked at this point (photo 7).

Turn off the heat and add around 2 tbsp parmesan, the mascarpone and any extra salt if needed. Stir everything together an serve in bowls (photos 8 & 9).

The End Result & Texture

I always make my risotto slightly sticky and creamy rather than loose. I much prefer it this way but if you want yours a little looser just add a little extra water or stock until it’s at the consistency you like.

What Mushrooms Can I Use?

You can also try using different varieties of mushrooms, chestnut (Crimini) and chanterelles are really delicious and fairly easy to come across at most supermarkets or farm shops.

You could also use common white button mushrooms, portobello, porcini (<< really delicious) or any other mushrooms you can easily find. Different varieties give all sorts of delicious, earthy and woody flavours so depending on the mushrooms you choose the end result will be different.

For an extra mushroom kick, you could rehydrate dried porcini mushrooms by soaking them in a little warm water for 10 minutes, finely chop them and add them to the risotto along with the mushroom liquid.

Tip: Just be careful when pouring in the mushroom liquid as it tends to be gritty toward the end, you don’t want that in your risotto.

A side shot of creamy mushroom risotto in a white marble bowl

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An overhead shot of creamy mushroom risotto with chanterelle mushrooms
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Creamy mushroom risotto

A super easy Creamy Mushroom Risotto made with chanterelle and chestnut mushrooms, fresh thyme and parmesan cheese, This risotto is ultra comforting and great for busy weeknights!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy risotto, Easy Risotto, mushroom risotto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 342kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 14.1 oz (400g) arborio rice
  • 4 cups (1 litre) litre chicken stock
  • 3.5 oz (100g) chanterelle mushrooms finely sliced
  • 3.5 oz (100g) chestnut mushrooms (Crimini) finely sliced
  • 1 heaped tbsp mascarpone
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp parmesan freshly grated
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Put the chicken stock in a pot under a medium heat.
  • Add 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan under a medium heat. Finely chop the onion and add to the pan, saute until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic, mushrooms and thyme leaves to the pan with the onions, fry for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add the arborio rice and stir until it has soaked up all the flavours and mixed thoroughly with the onions and mushrooms.
  • Add around 2-3 ladles of chicken stock until the rice is covered and add a small pinch salt and pepper. Stir constantly until the rice starts to absorb the stock.
  • Continue adding one ladle of stock at a time allowing the rice to absorb the stock each time whilst constantly stirring. Continue until stock is used up, the rice should be perfectly cooked at this point, if not you can add an extra 100ml (1/3 cup) of water or stock.
  • Turn off the heat and add 2 tbsp parmesan, the mascarpone and any extra salt if needed. Stir everything together an serve in bowls.

Notes

What Mushrooms Can I Use?

  • You can also try using different varieties of mushrooms, chestnut (Crimini) and chanterelles are really delicious and fairly easy to come across at most supermarkets or farm shops.
  • You could also use common white button mushrooms, portobello, porcini (<< really delicious) or any other mushrooms you can easily find. Different varieties give all sorts of delicious, earthy and woody flavours so depending on the mushrooms you choose the end result will be different.
  • For an extra mushroom kick, you could rehydrate dried porcini mushrooms by soaking them in a little warm water for 10 minutes, finely chop them and add them to the risotto along with the mushroom liquid. 
  • Tip: Just be careful when pouring in the mushroom liquid as it tends to be gritty toward the end, you don't want that in your risotto.

Extra Tips To Remember When Making Risotto

  • Always use either Arborio or Carnaroli rice for making risotto.
  • Use homemade chicken stock preferably for the best flavour. If you don't have homemade stock then go for a good quality store bought option and try going for a low sodium brand so you have more control over the seasoning.
  • Simmer the risotto slowly on a medium to slow heat, stirring often. Don't be tempted to speed things up and turn up the heat, the flavour won't be great and either will the texture.
  • Use high-quality ingredients, always. If food is simple you need quality.
  • I always make my risotto slightly sticky and creamy rather than loose. I much prefer it this way but if you want yours a little looser just add a little extra water or stock until it's at the consistency you like.
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Creamy mushroom risotto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 85mg 4%
Potassium 362mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 5.4%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 20.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Helpful Info For All Recipes 
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
    September 29, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Oooh I love risotto! Can’t wait to make this version.

  • Reply
    David @ Cooking Chat
    September 29, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Delicious! Just made a batch of mushroom risotto last night, bit of chicken too. Leftovers tonight! I used the liquid from soaking porcinis for something else, instead of chicken broth.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    September 27, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I’m not lying when I say this is the most amazing mushroom risotto I’ve ever seen…. it’s so pretty and I bet it tastes even better!

  • Reply
    Sam
    August 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Mushroom risotto is my favourite!

  • Reply
    Hanady | Recipe Nomad
    January 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Oh this looks heavenly! So creamy- exactly like risotto should be. I hate dry risotto! And like you I have a wedge of Parmesan just waiting to be grated all over this!

  • Reply
    Claire @foodiequine
    January 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Risotto is one of my favourite comfort foods but I’ve never added Ricotta to mine. Definitely going to give that variation a try next time. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    January 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    This risotto looks so creamy! Must be the ricotta, yes?

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      January 19, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Hey Lisa, yeah the ricotta gives the risotto it’s lovely creaminess, it’s delicious!

  • Reply
    Jessy @ The Life Jolie
    January 18, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never made Risotto- this looks so creamy and delicious! You make it sound so easy to make- I’m going to have to try this!

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      January 19, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Ahh you need to try making it asap, it’s a great cheap and delicious meal! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    Dannii
    January 18, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I can never get risotto right when I make it, so I am going to have to give your recipe a try. It looks great.

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