Mushroom Risotto

My main course of a Mushroom Risotto for Ready Steady Cook was an obvious choice given the fact that arborio rice was one of my ingredients. I was faced with a few challenges, namely, I only had the onion to use as my base, I had no vermouth or even wine as the alcohol bit and no stock! This was the reason I drained the tomatoes for my starter.

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Recipe Category: Italian, Vegetarian
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 15 mls olive oil *
  • 250 g mushrooms sliced
  • salt for seasoning *
  • 15 g butter *
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced *
  • 100 g arborio rice
  • water at simmering temperature
  • black pepper for seasoning *
  • juice from the drained tin tomatoes *
  • 1 handful fresh flat leaf parsley chopped *
  • 15 mls mascarpone cheese


  • heat the olive oil in a pan and fry off the mushrooms with a generous seasoning of salt
  • remove and set aside, adding the pan juices to the drained tomato juice
  • melt the butter and gently fry the onion until translucent
  • add the garlic and fry for 2 minutes
  • add the rice and cook until it starts to change colour
  • add 1 ladle simmering water
  • season generously with black pepper
  • when the water has nearly absorbed add the tomato juice
  • season generously with salt
  • continue adding water, a ladle at a time, until the rice is nearly cooked through
  • check the seasoning
  • add the mushrooms and heat through
  • add the parsley and remove from the heat
  • stir in the marscapone and serve immediately


* pantry ingredients that were allowed

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I could eat risotto for lunch a few times a week. But sadly it is not a quick dish to make and it is what I call a labour of love. Over the years I have learnt to simplify the process. I do not stand at the stove the entire time and stir away. I do however make sure all my ingredients are prepared ahead of time. This is unusual for me as I loathe mise en place. It is one of the reasons I never list recipe times. I usually never get anything ready beforehand. And more often that not I make a few recipes at a time. It is because I do not like to be bored. And I am very impatient. I even step away from the stove when making custards. Not always with good results of course.

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