Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Embark on a culinary journey with our porcini mushroom risotto recipe, a true testament to the rich flavors of Italian cuisine. This recipe not only showcases the earthy and robust taste of porcini mushrooms but also brings a creamy, comforting texture that makes every bite a delightful experience. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a curious cook, this porcini mushroom risotto recipe offers an opportunity to explore the world of gourmet Italian cooking. With each step, you'll learn the art of creating a risotto that perfectly balances the umami of porcini with the creaminess of Arborio rice. Let's embrace the joy of cooking with Foraged and transform your dining table into an Italian feast.
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
15 minutes
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
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- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 2 cups dried porcini mushrooms
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Step 1 - Prepare Porcini Mushrooms

What kind of porcini mushrooms are you starting with?

Fresh porcini: Clean with a small knife and damp paper towel. Slice or cube.

Dried porcini: Soak in hot water for 30-60 minutes, drain, and reserve the liquid.

Frozen porcini: Use directly from the freezer, do not thaw.

Step 2 - Toast Rice

In a dry pan, toast the rice on medium heat until aromatic but not browned. Set aside.

Step 3 - Start Risotto

In a large skillet, heat olive oil and a portion of butter. Add garlic and onion, cooking until translucent.

Step 4 - Add Porcini Mushrooms

Add porcini mushrooms (and zucchini or spinach, if using) and cook for a few minutes.

Step 5 - Add Parsley & Wine

Add parsley and white wine, simmer for 2 more minutes.

Step 6 - Combine Ingredients

Mix in the rice and start adding hot broth, one ladle at a time, allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding more.

Step 7 - Cook

Cook until the rice is al dente, about 17-20 minutes.

Step 8 - Finish with Butter & Parmesan

Turn off the heat, add the remaining cold butter and half of the Parmesan cheese.

Serve hot, garnishing with extra Parmesan if desired.

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What are Porcini Mushrooms?

Porcini mushrooms, a prized ingredient in various cuisines, particularly Italian, are known for their robust flavor and meaty texture. They grow in both Europe and North America and are highly sought after for their culinary uses. Porcini can be found fresh, dried, or frozen, and each form brings a unique depth of flavor to dishes.

What do Porcini Mushrooms Taste Like?

Porcini mushrooms are celebrated for their rich, earthy, and nutty flavors. When cooked, they release a deep, woodsy aroma and have a smooth yet meaty texture. This distinct taste makes them a favorite in risottos, pastas, and other savory dishes. The intensity of their flavor can vary depending on whether they are used fresh, dried, or frozen.

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