Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom risotto is undoubtedly one of the more popular risotto variations, so it should be no surprise that this recipe is one of the most popular on the blog. In fact, it is one of my best mushroom recipes overall, so if you make this you’re in for a real treat.

mushroom risotto in a fancy plate

Risotto is a pretty straightforward dish, so if you have seen other risotto recipes on the blog the method shouldn’t surprise you. That said it still does employ the secret recipe I use for all the delicious risotto recipes on Cooking To Entertain!

Many people are apprehensive about cooking a risotto because of the constant attention required. However just because a recipe says to “stir the rice for 30 minutes” doesn’t mean you have to put all your focus towards that. For example I usually zone out while stirring risotto and watch TV or talk to friends. Or even if you need to take a short break to zest a lemon or grate some cheese, it is generally okay. I lay out these tips and more in my guide to making risotto which is more of a general how-to guide than this specific recipe.

What You Will Need

As with all of my risotto recipes there are a few kitchen tools I suggest you have. Of course, you can make substitutions as you see fit; this is just what I recommend.

What Mushrooms To Use For Mushroom Risotto?

box of swiss brown or cremini mushrooms

Truth be told you can pretty much use any mushroom you prefer. For this mushroom risotto recipe I am just using simple Swiss Brown, or cremini, mushrooms. You can use oyster, chanterelle, shiitake, or others if you like. I would recommend not using truffle mushrooms in this recipe, as they are better shaved atop a risotto after it is finished.

400 grams of thinly sliced cremini mushrooms on a green cutting board

This recipe calls for 400 grams of mushrooms, which sounds like a whole lot, but remember they lose a ton of water as they cook. Spend a few minutes thinly slicing your mushrooms before beginning to get everything in order.


mushroom risotto ingredients on a green cutting board

To make a truly great risotto you must begin with the rice. There are a few authentic rice strains you can choose, but the most common and easily accessible is probably arborio. This recipe calls for:

  • 180 grams (1cup) Arborio Rice
  • 400 grams Cremini Mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Two Shallots, finely chopped
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) Dry White Vermouth
  • 1.4L (6 cups) Chicken Stock
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 50 grams Gran Padano (or Parmigiano Reggiano), grated

Risotto Cooking Method

toasting the arborio rice for risotto in a black pan with a wooden spoon

In a pan on high heat add a few glugs of olive oil. When hot add in the rice and stir the pan so the rice is coated with the hot oil. This step is to toast the rice and help create cracks in the rice making absorption of liquids easier. Agitate the pan for a minute or so, until you see a few kernels browning.

a bottle of Carpano dry vermouth

All real risotto recipes call for a splash of wine right after toasting the rice, but my secret ingredient has always been vermouth. Now, normally I use Lillet Blanc, but as that’s a bit sweet and I want more earthiness, I went with Carpano Dry in this recipe. Add in 3/4ths of a cup and stand back.

toasting arborio rice with finely chopped shallot in a black pan on a flame burner

The vermouth will evaporate much faster than you would expect. As soon as your pour the vermouth in shake the pan a bit and then add the shallots directly to the rice. Use a wooden spoon to stir them into the rice.

cooking cremini mushroom risotto in a black pan

Once almost all the vermouth is gone add in a cup of the chicken stock along with a handful of the mushrooms. I say a handful because there’s only so much you can add at one time until they shrink and make more room. A note here, a cup of chicken stock in the beginning is normally a lot when starting risotto, as I normally go in 1/4 cup increments. However because we need the mushrooms to cook with the rice the extra liquid in the beginning is necessary.

adding a block of butter to the mushroom risotto in a pan with a spoon

From this point on you’re just going to be stirring and adding the rest of the liquid as it goes down. With mushroom risotto you are trying to really bring out the great earthy flavors of the mushrooms, but be careful not to break them up. Stir in a figure 8 movement slowly, and every once in a while go along the edges to prevent burning. Every time the liquid gets low add in another 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Finally, after adding your last 1/4 cup of liquid turn off the heat and drop in the butter.

grated parmesan cheese and a microplane on a cutting board

After adding the butter add in the grated Gran Padano (or Parmigiano Reggiano) and slowly stir the pan.

stirring mushroom risotto in a pan with a wooden spoon

Your delicious mushroom risotto is finished and should look like the picture above. Here you can taste for seasonings and add salt and freshly cracked black pepper as desired. I didn’t add salt in the ingredients list because my chicken stock was already salted, and the cheese adds a bit more (plus I finished off the dish with a little grated cured egg yolk). However, if you are using non-salted chicken stock then add in two teaspoons to the liquid before starting this recipe.

mushroom risotto in a fancy plate

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Mushroom Risotto

This is the best mushroom risotto recipe I've ever made and eaten. It may sound a bit strange but you should definitely give it a shot, you won't regret it.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine European, Italian
Servings 2 people
Calories 957 kcal


  • Pan


  • 180 grams Arborio Rice 1 cup
  • 400 grams Cremini Mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 2 Shallots finely chopped
  • 175 ml Dry White Vermouth 3/4 cup
  • 1.4 L Chicken Stock 6 cups
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 50 grams Gran Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • Salt as needed (if your stock is without salt)
  • Black Pepper freshly cracked, to taste


  • In a pan on high heat add a glug of olive oil. When hot add in the rice and toast for a minute, making sure all the grains are coated in hot oil.
  • Add in the vermouth and stir the pan. The vermouth will evaporate quickly so as soon as you add it and stir, add in the shallot and stir them in as well.
  • When the vermouth is almost gone, pour in 1 cup of the chicken stock and as much of the mushrooms as will fit. Let the mushrooms soften in the liquid and shrink a bit in size, then add more as more room is made.
  • When the liquid begins to get low, add in more using 1/4 – 1/2 cup increments. Constantly stir the rice in the pan, being careful not to break up the mushrooms.
  • Once you add in your last 1/4 cup of stock turn off the heat and drop in the butter and grated cheese. Carefully stir the pan until the butter and cheese are fully incorporated into the dish. Taste for seasonings and add more salt and black pepper if you desire.
  • Plate and serve. You can garnish with fresh herbs, more grated cheese, or in my case a bit of cured egg yolk.


I do not have an amount for salt in this recipe as my chicken stock was already salty enough, not to mention the addition of cheese and cured egg yolk. If your stock is not salty then consider adding two teaspoons of salt per 6 cups when making this recipe. Then you can taste and add more salt at the very end if you wish. 
Keyword Fancy, Mushroom Risotto, Rice
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