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Easy Mushroom Risotto with Gorgonzola

This easy mushroom risotto is sophisticated and has amazing flavor!

This easy mushroom risotto is sophisticated and has amazing flavor!

I have been making risotto for years. It’s sophisticated yet simple and a breeze to pull off. This Easy Mushroom Risotto with Gorgonzola is my most requested risotto recipe. I’ve made it for every holiday I can recall and it’s a perfect side for a dinner party.

It’s so good that I’ve even made it just for myself for an indulgent dinner. Followed up by a pint of ice cream, of course ;)

This easy mushroom risotto is sophisticated and has amazing flavor!

I told you this is an easy mushroom risotto but that doesn’t mean it’s not a sophisticated dish. I use a mix of crimini and shitake but any mushroom will work so just use what you prefer. The flavor is good without the gorgonzola but it’s exceptional with it so I highly suggest keeping it in.

This easy mushroom risotto is sophisticated and has amazing flavor!

Although risotto is far from a make-ahead dish, it’s still one that I’ll make for holidays or parties because everyone is always asking me “What can I do?” and I usually never have an answer (I get in my cooking groove and mostly don’t want to stop). But since risotto needs constant stirring, a friend can pop in and stir while still chatting and having fun. A win-win!

This easy mushroom risotto is sophisticated and has amazing flavor!

If you have any leftovers, don’t worry! This easy mushroom risotto reheats like a dream. In fact, double it up just so you’ll have a batch all to yourself.

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Easy Mushroom Risotto with Gorgonzola

Easy Mushroom Risotto with Gorgonzola

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ghee, or canola oil; do not use olive oil as it does not have a high enough smoke point
  • 1 pound mushrooms, thickly sliced (I typically use a mix of shitake and crimini)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 32- ounce container low-sodium chicken stock, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, taste and add more if a stronger flavor is preferred; this will depend on the cheese and your tastes

Instructions

  1. Heat ghee or canola oil over medium-high heat in your risotto pan (can also use a large saucepan). Add mushrooms and cook until all liquid has been released and evaporated and mushrooms have browned.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and cook 4-5 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent. Add garlic, cook 1 minute more. Add arborio rice, stir until the rice is coated with the onion mixture and looks glossy, about 2-3 minutes. Add wine and stir until almost completely evaporated.
  3. Add 1/3 of the chicken stock. Cook at a gentle simmer and stir until the chicken stock has been mostly absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add the second 1/3 of stock and stir for 5 minutes more. Add the remaining 1/3 stock and continue stirring until the risotto is creamy and just-tender, about 5 minutes more. The risotto should still have a slight firmness; add a small amount of water if risotto needs to cook any longer.
  4. Stir in heavy cream and gorgonzola, stirring until cheese is melted into risotto. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, adding more gorgonzola if desired. Garnish with a few shaves of parmigiano-reggiano, if desired.
Kristy Bernardo
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Deeksha

Sunday 31st of May 2020

It looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing.

Akki

Friday 22nd of July 2016

Tried this recipe some time back. it turned out delicious. Thanks for sharing .

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 22nd of July 2016

Thanks, Akki! Really glad you enjoyed it!

Archana Baikadi

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

I think my hubby would love this! amazing recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 14th of March 2016

Wonderful! Thanks, Archana :)

Kathryn R

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

Mushroom risotto is one of my favorites - your version sounds delicious!

CJ

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

Just learning to appreciate and cook risotto - mushrooms sound wonderful - will try this one. New pan would be delightful. Thanks

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