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Risotto With Porcini Mushrooms

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This amazing risotto is made with the king of mushrooms and it's a classic fall first course: let's cook with Sonia the risotto with porcini mushrooms!
Ingredients
  Vegetable broth 2 Pint
  Yellow onion 1 Small, chopped finely
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), chopped finely
  Carnaroli rice 320 Gram
  Parmesan cheese 50 Gram, grated
  Butter 60 Gram
  Extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Porcini 400 Gram, slice
  Parsley 1 Bunch (100 gm), chopped finely
  Salt and pepper To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Start by cleaning the mushrooms; scrape away any dirt with a knife or any brown spots, discard the worm tunnels if any, quickly under cold running water and pat them dry.
2. Cut into ½ inch thick slices, to keep from breaking while cooking, and serve the risotto with the mushrooms still in shape.

MAKING
3. Heat a pan with oil and sauté the garlic on a low flame for a couple of minutes without browning them.
4. Add the porcini mushrooms. At this point, you can raise the heat, since the mushrooms must cook on a high flame, never on a low flame, so they stay crispy; cook for 10 minutes,
5. Season with salt and pepper at half cooking time.
6. When the mushrooms are cooked, add the chopped parsley.
7. Once the mushrooms are ready, remove from the heat and keep aside. In a non-stick pan, melt 2/3 of the butter; add the chopped onion and sauté on a very low flame until soft, for at least 10-15 minutes: it should cook without browning.
8. Add the rice, let it toast for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly then finish cooking, adding the vegetable broth one ladle at a time.
9. About 5 minutes before the rice finishes cooking, add the porcini mushrooms. Blend well.
10. Add the remaining butter and the grated parmesan cheese.

SERVING
11. Serve the delicious Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms hot.

TIPS
When buying the porcini mushrooms, look out for 2 things: first, check for holes in the stems, since there may be worms inside; second, turn the mushroom over to see if the sponge under the cap is white in colour, if it's green or brown, it means that it's already too old.

You can use dried mushroom if fresh ones are not available, ensure the ratio for the dried mushrooms is about 1/3 or 1/2 oz (10-15 g) to 3,5 oz (100 g) of fresh mushrooms; they must be soaked, or lightly boiled, in hot water. You can use the soaking water, that is very tasty, to cook the rice. Just remember to strain it first, since there may be some grit on the bottom.

NOTES
Remember never to soak mushrooms, or they will lose their fragrance and become watery, so it's better not to do that; on the contrary, you can wash quickly under cold running water and pat them dry.

Porcini mushroom is the only mushroom which doesn't turn brown after cutting.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Risotto
Ingredient: 
Mushroom
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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