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Mushroom and mascarpone risotto


There are several types of risotto rice. The easiest to find is arborio; it needs the least cooking time and tends to break down easily. We've used carnaroli here, which is worth seeking out - it holds its shape nicely.

You'll need

20 gm dried porcini mushrooms 80 gm butter, coarsely chopped 2 tbsp olive oil 300 gm Swiss brown mushrooms, thickly sliced 5-6 sage leaves, coarsely chopped 1 small onion, finely chopped 400 gm risotto rice, preferably carnaroli 125 ml (½ cup) dry white wine 85 gm (1/3 cup) mascarpone, plus extra to serve (optional) 35 gm (1/3 cup) finely grated parmesan, plus extra to serve

Method

  • 01
  • Soak porcini in a bowl with 700ml boiling water for 10 minutes to soften. Drain, reserving stock. Finely chop mushrooms and reserve. Keep stock warm.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, heat half the butter and half the oil in a saucepan over high heat, add fresh mushrooms and sage and sauté until tender and golden brown (3-5 minutes). Set aside. Add remaining butter and oil to pan along with onion and sauté until golden brown (4-5 minutes). Add rice and stir to coat in oil, then add wine and simmer until evaporated (1 minute). Add reserved stock a ladleful at a time, stirring continuously between additions until most is absorbed before adding the next, until rice is al dente and creamy (13-15 minutes; you may not need all the stock). Season to taste, stir in mascarpone, parmesan and three-quarters of both mushrooms, then serve risotto topped with remaining mushrooms and extra grated parmesan.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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