Creamy Risotto with Balsamic Mushrooms

"A creamy risotto with balsamic mushrooms and a garlic butter sauce. This easy risotto is ready in about 40 minutes. So light and velvety that it will be tempting not to eat that second bowl. Swirled with parmesan and mascarpone for that extra hint of creaminess. Finished with mushrooms sautéed with balsamic vinegar and garlic. Risotto is very easy to cook, just make sure to stir frequently, this way you break down the rice and create the smooth, creamy sauce of a good risotto. And by adding a little mascarpone in the last step, the risotto will be even more silkier. The mushrooms, along with a splash of balsamic and garlic, add such a deep flavor to this meal. It’s so rich and flavorful, it doesn’t really need much more of a garnish besides maybe a poached egg. The result is a savory and hearty dish, encompassing those comforting flavors of fall. You can use any kind of mushrooms, a mix of wild mushrooms, dried chanterelles or porcini. Simple, but perfect, and really tasty when spooned over this cheesy risotto."
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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 400 gram (2 cups) arborio rice
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1,5 L – 2 L (6-8 cups) vegetable broth, warm
  • 40 gram (4 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 100 gram (3.7 oz) grated parmezan
  • 100 gram (3.7 oz) mascarpone
  • 80 milliliter (1/3 cup) white wine
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt + black pepper

balsamic mushrooms


  • 500 gram (1 pound) mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 30 gram (2 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 balsamic vinegar
  • +
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • chopped parsley + parmesan for sprinkling


  • Step 1

    Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or a heavy pot over low heat. Add chopped onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Pour white wine and cook, stirring, until it’s almost completely evaporated. Add about 1 cup warm broth and cook, stirring, until liquid is absorbed. Repeat process, adding more broth as each addition is absorbed, until rice is tender but still firm to the bite and the mixture is creamy. I needed about 25-30 minutes with 1,5 L (6 cups) broth. Add more broth if needed, cook until the desired consistency is achieved. The risotto should be loose and creamy, thick enough that you can see the bottom of your pot when stirring, but still saucy.

  • Step 2

    Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, butter, mascarpone and parmesan. Stir until incorporated. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. Cover and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile when the rice is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add half of the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until tender. Add the remaining mushrooms and cook until lightly browned. Add garlic, cook for about 3 minutes. Then stir in balsamic vinegar, thyme and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • Step 4

    Bring a small saucepan with water to a bare simmer over low heat. Add vinegar. Crack 1 egg into a small bowl or a cup. Stir the water to create a gentle whirlpool, then slide the egg into the simmering water. Cook until whites are cooked but yolks are still runny, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the egg to a plate layered with kitchen paper. Repeat with the remaining eggs.

  • Step 5

    Divide the risotto among bowls, top with eggs and mushrooms. Sprinkle with parsley, parmesan and black pepper.

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