Porcini Mushroom Risotto


  • 45g pack dried porcini mushrooms
  • 300ml warm water
  • 900ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 330g vialone nano risotto rice
  • 100ml dry white wine
  • 1 tsp dried wild rosemary
  • 75g butter, cubed
  • 90g freshly grated Parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Truffle-infused olive oil, to serve


  1. Put the porcini mushrooms in a bowl, cover with the water and leave to soften for 20 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking water. Strain the soaking water through a coffee filter or a fine sieve into a large saucepan. Squeeze the mushrooms dry, then roughly chop and set aside.
  2. Add the stock to the mushroom liquid in the pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Maintain over a low heat while you prepare the risotto.
  3. Pour the olive oil into a large, heavy-based pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for 6 minutes or until completely soft but not coloured. Turn up the heat and stir in the rice. Cook, stirring, for a minute, then add the wine and let it bubble and evaporate.
  4. Add the chopped mushrooms, dried rosemary and a ladleful of the hot stock and stir until the rice has almost completely absorbed the stock. Continue, adding the stock a ladleful at a time, until most of the stock is used and the rice is cooked but maintains a firm bite. This will take about 20 minutes. Turn down the heat if the risotto bubbles too vigorously or begins to stick to the pan. Add some of the remaining stock and stir until you have a wet, but not sloppy, risotto. Don't worry if there is a little leftover stock.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the butter and Parmesan. Cover for a few minutes, then stir again and adjust the seasoning. Add a drizzle of truffle oil and serve, garnished with shavings of Parmesan and a sprig of rosemary.

Notes on ingredients

This recipe is taken from WFI contributor Jacque Malouf's new book, 'Mushrooms' (Conran Octopus; £12.99), which features more than 70 inspiring recipes for fungi.

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus soaking
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes, plus soaking 50 minutes

Serves: 4

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This recipe was first published in Fri Oct 01 01:00:00 BST 2004.