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Georgina Jay
April 2007

Walnut Grove Recipes

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Serves 2

  • 1 onion - finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic - crushed
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese - grated
  • 200g Arborio rice
  • 150g mixed wild mushrooms
  • 50g mascarpone cheese
  • 700ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil


1. Heat butter & olive oil in a medium saucepan and gently sauté the onion & garlic until translucent but not colored. 

2. Add the Arborio risotto rice and stir until the rice is coated with the oil & butter. Carefully add the chicken stock using a ladle and stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. 

3. As the rice absorbs the stock, keep adding more stock until the rice is just cooked and the risotto is the consistency you want (nice & moist - when you put it on your plate it spreads out).

4 . Meanwhile clean wild mushrooms (avoid using water, just lightly brush to remove any dirt) and sauté in a frying pan with a little butter until just cooked.

5 . Add the cooked wild mushrooms, parmesan cheese and mascarpone and gently stir into the risotto. 

6. Serve in a bowl garnished with parmesan shavings and a light drizzle of olive oil.

Serving Suggestions

This is a nice starter but quite rich so keep the portion small. It is also nice served as a main course, perhaps accompanied by a green salad to cut through the richness.

Advanced Preparation

All risotto's are best made just before they are served.

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