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Basic Mushroom Risotto

Learn how to make a basic mushroom risotto.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: risotto
Servings: 8


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 2 gloves garlic chopped
  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 7 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large sauce pot (3-4qt), add shallots and garlic, sauté until translucent.
  • Add mushrooms and sauté for approx. 4-5 minutes until tender; remove and set aside.
  • Add remaining olive oil and arborio rice and sauté over medium heat to toast the rice approximately 3 minutes.
  • Add one cup of the simmering chicken stock, stirring constantly, and simmer until the stock is absorbed.
  • Continue adding stock as it is absorbed, ½ cup at a time, until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Just before the rice is done, add the fresh thyme and reserved mushrooms. Stir to combine.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve.