Fresh porcini mushrooms are abundant in Veneto in early summer, and chefs lavish them over pizza, pasta, beef carpaccio and fresh arugula. In fall and winter, dried porcinis are perfect for risotto. Good-quality ingredients are essential to risotto, so homemade chicken stock is best, as is the region's vialone nano rice.
- Portion size 6 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2009
- 2 pkg (each 14 g) dried porcini mushrooms
- 1/2 cup white wine warmed
- 4 1/2 cups sodium-reduced chicken stock (or homemade)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cups finely diced onions
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cup vialone nano rice
- 1 1/2 cup carnaroli rice
- 1 1/2 cup arborio rice
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (approx)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
MethodSoak mushrooms in wine until very soft, about 1 hour. With slotted spoon, remove mushrooms; squeeze out liquid and coarsely chop. Strain remaining wine though cheesecloth-lined sieve. Set mushrooms and wine aside separately.
Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring stock just to boil; keep warm.
In large saucepan, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the butter and the oil over medium-high heat; sauté onion, garlic and salt until softened but not coloured, 3 minutes. Add rice; stir to coat. Add reserved wine; cook, stirring, until almost no liquid remains.
Add 4 cups (1 L) of the stock, 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time and stirring after each addition until almost absorbed, about 20 minutes total. Taste before adding last 1/2 cup/125 mL (rice should be loose, creamy but not mushy, and still slightly firm in centre).
Add reserved mushrooms and remaining stock; cook, stirring, until creamy. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup (125 mL) Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining butter. Sprinkle with more Parmesan, if desired.
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 559 mg
- Protein 16 g
- Calories 486.0
- Total fat 15 g
- Potassium 413 mg
- Cholesterol 28 mg
- Saturated fat 7 g
- Total carbohydrate 69 g
- Iron 11.0
- Folate 11.0
- Calcium 15.0
- Vitamin A 8.0
- Vitamin C 5.0