Mushroom Risotto (even a Novice can make!)



I don’t usually tell stories in my recipes posts, but I had to take the time to write this one as … well, as it involved risotto.

My husband I took the kids to Vermont last year to go skiing.  As we were driving back home through Canada, we hit a very nasty snow storm and within 30-45 minutes the roads had over 12″ of snow!  There were no plows out yet because the storm had hit so fast and hard.

We knew we had to stop because the roads were extremely dangerous.  We ended up taking the next exit, as both our phones were under 10% battery and the gps wasn’t working.  It was a tense situation to say the least.

We found a hotel in a business district that had zero, YES ZERO, families staying there.  The hotel mainly catered to business clients and they were shut down until the New Year.

Well, we had to eat and since the hotel was on very (VERY) limited staff, we had to venture out AGAIN into the storm.

We found a family style Italian restaurant and went in.  Much to our surprise is was jammed packed, even in a snow storm!~  We sat and once we saw the menu we knew everything in this restaurant was hand made and the cheeses and wines were imported.


My husband ordered this Seafood Risotto which turned out to be the most incredibly creamy and luxurious risotto I’ve ever tasted, but it was COVERED in freshly caught mussels, shrimp and clams!  This risotto WAS and CONTINUES to be the MOST memorial meal he’s ever eaten.

risottoThe name of the restaurant for any of our Canadian followers is Goodfellas and is in Mississauga.   They have authentic Neapolitan wood oven pizza, handmade pastas and the most warming environment I’ve been in.


Up until that day I had never had risotto.  I talked with the chef about it and how it was made.  He gave me some tips and hints and I’ve been making it at home ever since.

Risotto is an Italian rice dish cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency.  It tends to be a little intimidating but it doesn’t have to be.

In Italy, risotto is normally a primo (first course), served on its own before the main course.  Risotto, at its simplest, is a hearty, warming rice dish, rich with the flavors of the stock used in making it.  Usually a high quality Parmesan cheese and butter are added at the end to increase the richness of the dish.

You can also pair hundreds of ingredients like mushrooms, for example, or butternut squash.



Cooking Risotto is different than cooking rice.  Risotto needs to be cooked very slowly absorbing the liquid as it cooks being incorporated little by little.  It takes time and a watchful eye, but when it’s done ….. it is SOOOOO worth it!

Another tip is to heat the chicken broth until it’s warm and leave it in a small saucepan over very low heat.


Mushroom Risotto (even a Novice can make!)



  • 3 cups organic chicken broth (or homemade)
  • 1 8 oz) pkg. organic mushrooms of your choice, I used baby bellas and white button
  • 12 organic shallots, diced
  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons organic parsley or chives, chopped
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons organic butter
  • 1/81/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. In a saucepan, warm the broth over medium heat and keep warm
  2. Heat a large skillet over med heat, and add 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Add the mushrooms and cook until the juices are released and then reabsorbed and the mushrooms are browned
  3. Remove mushrooms and set aside
  4. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and stir in the shallots. Cook about 1 minute or until shallots begin to soften
  5. Add the rice, stirring and cooking about 1-2 minutes
  6. CAREFULLY add in the wine(you may want to take it off the heat as it will steam), stirring constantly until the wine is fully absorbed
  7. Using a mug or measuring cup add approximately 1/2 cup broth to the rice and stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding the hot broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring often, making sure the liquid becomes absorbed before adding more broth until the broth is gone (you must babysit risotto, don’t walk away, but stir often)
  8. After about 15 to 20 minutes, the rice will be al dente
  9. Turn off the heat and stir in the mushrooms, butter, parsley or chives and parmesan cheese

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I used all organic ingredients when making this recipe, and hope you do too! 🙂

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