You should stir the risotto frequently. So it is very important to have all ingredients prepared when you start to cook the rice. Use the other ingredients in your recipe to make the broth. For example, if making a prawn risotto use the shells and heads for flavor. In this risotto I used Paris mushrooms, that are cheaper, to flavor the broth.
250 grams Paris mushrooms, cut into quarters
6 cups vegetable broth
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves with skin, slightly crushed
400 grams mixture of crimini and shitake mushrooms, sliced (you can leave the smaller ones whole)
1 small onion, finely diced
2 fresh thyme stems, leaves separated
80 milliliters dry white wine
320 grams Carnaroli or Arborio rice
50 grams Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Step 1Place the Paris mushrooms and vegetable broth in a saucepan and let it boil for 15 minutes.
Step 2Heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, on high heat. Add the garlic cloves and a small portion of crimini and shitake mushrooms and saute until golden. If you crowd the pan, the mushrooms will boil in their own liquid and won’t turn golden. Repeat until there arent’t any more mushrooms, adding a little more olive oil when necessary (I usually do it every two mushroom portions).
Step 3Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan, add the chopped onion, the stems and thyme leaves and let cook over medium heat until the onion is translucent (don’t let the onion get golden).
Step 4Add the rice and let cook over medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly (you’ll notice that the rice becomes more opaque in color). Add the white wine and cook, stirring, until the rice absorbs it.
Step 5Pour 2 ladles of broth through a sieve (to strain). Let cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice absorbs the broth. Repeat until the rice is cooked but al dente, i.e. the grain is already soft on the outside but still has a little resistance in the center. It will take about 30 minutes, but taste from time to time to check.
Step 6Remove the stems of thyme and add the butter and the grated Parmesan cheese. Stir for 1 minute until slightly thickened and creamy.
Step 7Serve immediately, with the sauteed mushrooms.