Quick and Easy Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Updated on January 9, 2020
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I used to help in our family restaurant, and I love good food. I enjoy thinking up creative ways to use leftovers to avoid food waste.


This Risotto Is Easy Enough for Beginners!

I will show you here how to make this cheap and healthy meal which is really tasty. Risotto, meaning "rice," is a traditional Italian dish, and you will learn here a method for cooking rice the Italian way. Traditionally, porcini mushrooms are used for this recipe, as they have a strong flavour. You can buy dried porcini in packets if you can't find the fresh mushrooms, or you can substitute other mushrooms. The other main ingredient is goats milk cheese, which also has a very pungent flavour. If it is too strong for you, just use a substitute.

Believe it or not, I had never tasted risotto until very recently, when my daughter tried out a mushroom risotto recipe whilst I was in her kitchen. I thought it would be bland and that I wouldn't like it, but how wrong I was—it was surprisingly delicious.

Once I know roughly how something will taste, I improvise with my own recipe, and find that near-approximations works quite well. That's what makes this mushroom risotto recipe so easy.

Porcini mushrooms and goats milk cheese may seem expensive, but because they are strongly flavoured, you don't need a lot, so this is in fact quite an inexpensive meal, as well as being nutritious.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 6 servings


Note: Quantities for this risotto are not vital—just use what you have.

  • 4 cups risotto rice (the most suitable alternative would be paella rice, but otherwise you could use any rice you have available, but it works best with a rice which gives a sticky subsistency)
  • 2 ozs dried porcini mushrooms (but any other mushrooms, dried or fresh, would do instead of or in addition to porcini mushrooms, which taste quite strong; even a tin of condensed mushroom soup would work)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 big blob of butter (1/4 oz.)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh coriander leaves (or other herbs if preferred)
  • 1 oz. goats milk cheese
  • 1 oz Greek-style yogurt or cream
  • 1 clove
  • A sprinkle of nutmeg or mace
  • 1 chicken or vegetable boullion cube
  • 8 cups water (or 2 cups for each 1 cup of rice)

Onion, garlic and butter frying
Onion, garlic and butter frying | Source


  1. Fry the onion in the olive oil till golden brown.
  2. Add the garlic.
  3. Add the butter and melt it.
  4. Add the rice and gently fry and stir it till all the rice grains are coated with butter and oil.
  5. Add the boiling water.
  6. Add the mushrooms, chicken or vegetable boullion, spices, and any herbs except the coriander—you can vary these according to your taste.
  7. Gently simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes until very soft. If it looks as though the rice has absorbed all the water, add a little more, so that ultimately the texture is a slightly wet, sticky, glutinous mass. It should not be dry like usual boiled rice.
  8. Add the goats milk cheese, and either yogurt (healthy) or cream (richer and naughtier) and stir until the cheese has melted.
  9. Just before you serve the mushroom risotto, add the chopped coriander (coriander is best when not cooked a lot).
  10. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese (optional).

Note: You probably won't need salt, as the boullion is salty. Use salt sparingly, if at all.

Don't let the rice dry out!

Keep it topped up with water and stir occasionally or it will stick to the bottom of the pan

You Can Buy Dried Mushrooms Online

It's very useful to keep a packet or bottle of dried mushrooms in your store cupboard, so that you can make your mushroom risotto whenever you have a little left-over rice. It means you don't have to worry about keeping a store of fresh mushrooms, which go off quickly, when you decide on the spur of the moment to cook your mushroom risotto.

If you want a bit of luxury, try Dried Italian Porcini Mushrooms from Amazon. They have a good strong flavour, so you don't need to use a lot, and you can keep some back for later use..

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    • Diane Cass profile image

      Diane Cass 

      5 years ago from New York

      I love mushrooms, and I love rice. This sounds easy. The vegetarian in our house will love it too.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for the reminder. Have just about forgotten about a meal like this. Before my children left home I was always cooking a meal like this.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada


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      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes, I eat it sometimes when I'm not in the mood for meat

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      Maurice Glaude 

      5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Sounds good since I no longer eat meat!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It looks and sounds fabulous, I really need to cook a decent meal today!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds delicious and a recipe I'll be trying soon.

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      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @goldenrulecomics: Me too - I even like them raw

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      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I love mushrooms

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      Tom Christen 

      6 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      That sounds and looks so yummy :) Gonna make that soon... Thank you for sharing!

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      I'll try this one and serve with roast pork.

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      7 years ago

      Love mushroom risotto. Must try this recipe!

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      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Scraps2treasures: Thanks for the blessing.

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      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Thanks, I must confess it took me by surprise!

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star, well deserved.

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      7 years ago

      I have never made risotto but I might have to try your recipe. It looks really good. Congrats on the Purple Star, by the way! Blessed.

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Mmmm! Congratulations on the purple star for this yummy recipe lens!

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      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @kevkev227 lm: Having only recently discovered that I like risotto (after years and years of thinking it would be dry and uninteresting), I have been experimenting with various ingredients - that's what is so good about trying a recipe - you can then make your own variations according to family taste.

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      kevkev227 lm 

      8 years ago

      I love risotto...my wife makes it with mushrooms, butternut squash and parmesan :)

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      8 years ago

      Sounds yummy!

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      Vikki w 

      8 years ago

      Mushrooms = nice to eat and good for health

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      8 years ago

      Diana! You are my kind of cook. I love the "Big blob of butter" instruction! I do the same thing! :)

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      Mushroom risotto is one of my all-time favorites and my husband loves to make it. Of course, he makes it different every time, but it's always a crowd pleaser.

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      9 years ago

      Mmmmm! This sounds wonderful--I love risotto, and I love mushrooms. I always thought risotto was too daunting for me to try, but this doesn't seem so difficult. Fabulous lens!

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      9 years ago

      Gosh this sounds really nice I will have to try this and let you know what it taste like.

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I haven't cooked with goat's cheese either but I love rice and mushrooms. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      Moe Wood 

      9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      This sounds yummy. I love rice and mushrooms together. They make such a good combination. I've never cooked with goat cheese before.

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      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! : )

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      I've never tried Risotta of any kind but this one looks really yummy! I think I'll try it! Thank you for featuring Depression Era Cooking and Recipes.

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      9 years ago

      This sounds delicious! I look forward to trying it.

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      9 years ago

      Looks like an interesting dish.

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Mushroom risotto is one of my favorite dishes. You offer a quite interesting variation with goat cheese and yogurt...I should try this! :)

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      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      This looks amazingly good!

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      9 years ago

      I love mushroom risotto, I will try your recipe, it looks yummy

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      jgall34 lm 

      9 years ago

      I love risotto, this recipe looks delicious.

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      9 years ago

      Risotto with mushrooms! Yum!

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      James Jordan 

      9 years ago from Burbank, CA


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      Sniff It Out 

      9 years ago

      Love mushroom risotto, I have never tried using goats cheese in it before so maybe I should try that :) If I use the dried porcini mushrooms I soak them first by pouring boiling water on them and then use the liquid that the mushrooms have been soaking in, it gives a lovely, deep flavour.

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      hayleylou lm 

      9 years ago

      Sounds delicous - I have lensrolled this to all my recipe lenses :)

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      Diana Grant 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      @myraggededge: Thank you so much for the blessing. Hope you have now tried the recipe!

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      callinsky lm 

      10 years ago

      I am a mushroom FREAK. Give me fungus I scream! I cannot wait to try it, and I definitely well. It sounds absolutely yummy. (O;

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      10 years ago

      Sounds delicious, Diana. Might have to give it a go. Blessed by a Squid angel :-)


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