An Italian comfort food recipe. Mushroom Red Wine Risotto with Parmesan Cheese is vegetarian and gluten free (gf) but also great with chicken, steak, or sausage. Arborio rice, red wine, mushroom, Parmesan, and rosemary. #italianrecipes #risotto #comfortfood
Place the stock in a small pot and heat over medium low. You want the stock to be warm when adding it to the risotto so that the temperature change does not affect the rice.
In a large pot, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. When melted, add the red onion, mushrooms, and dried rosemary. Cook until the onion is translucent but not yet browning, approximately 3-5 minutes.
Add the rice and stir. Continue cooking to slightly toast the rice until it is just starting to show a little brown color, approximately 3-5 minutes.
Add the red wine to the pot. Cook until the rice is almost dry, where most of the wine has been absorbed.
Add one cup of stock to the rice. Stir continuously until most of the stock has been absorbed. Repeat this process 1/2 cup of stock at a time until the rice is cooked thoroughly. You want the rice to have just a little bit of bite left so that it is not completely mushy. Depending on your rice, you may need more or less stock for the right consistency so start tasting the rice after 4 cups.
When your rice is cooked through, remove the pot from the heat. Add the rest of the butter and the Parmesan cheese. It is important to do this before adding salt and pepper because the cheese is salty. Stir to combine.
Taste the risotto and season with additional rosemary, salt, and pepper as desired. Garnish with toasted pine nuts if desired for an extra crunch. Serve immediately.
Get arborio rice online here.Use any red wine that you enjoy drinking. I advise staying away from sweet wines as it will make the risotto very sweet as well. Cabernets, zinfandels, or merlots are the ones I tend to use.To ensure a truly vegetarian dish, use vegetarian cheeses.For the meat eaters, this would also be great with some chicken, steak, or sausage on top.