mushroom risotto

September 17, 2009

Tonight Dan made his famous mushroom risotto which never fails to amaze me with its tastiness! He is a pro!

He bases it on a Mark Bittman recipe (because we are obsessed with the man, obviously) but definitely tweaks it a fair amount. I’ll post the recipe anyway because it’s awesome. I recommend lots of butter and lots of Parmesan – you’re eating risotto after all!


4 to 6 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil, to taste
1 medium chopped onion
1 1/2 cups Arborio or other short- or medium-grain rice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 to 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup sliced shiitake or portobello mushroom caps
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


1. Put 2 tablespoons of the butter or the olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted or the oil is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it softens, 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Add the rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is glossy and coated with butter or oil, 2 to 3 minutes. Add a little salt and pepper, then the white wine. Stir and let the liquid boil away.
3. Use a ladle to begin adding the stock, 1/2 cup or so at a time, stirring after each addition. When the stock is just about evaporated, add more. The mixture should be neither soupy nor dry. Stir frequently, keeping the heat to a medium to medium-high. Meanwhile, put the remaining butter or oil (more will make a creamier risotto :D ) in a small skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted or the oil is hot, add the fresh mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and almost crisp, about 10 minutes, then remove from the heat.
4. Begin tasting the rice 20 minutes after you add it; you want it to be tender but still with a tiny bit of crunch; it could take as long as 30 minutes to reach this stage. When it does, stir in the cooked mushrooms, with their butter, and at least 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Taste, adjust the seasoning, and serve immediately, passing additional Parmesan at the table.

You can see from the cheeky carrot and parsley in there that we didn’t follow the recipe exactly but we have done before and I can promise you, it is amazing! We ate outside since it is a gorgeous warm and balmy night.

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VeggieGirl September 17, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Oh no!! Hope the pain is gone soon from running :(

Hooray for Project Runway!!


Michelle September 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Everything looks delish lady!! The race I'm doing on the 27th is called Women Run the Cities. I wanted to do the one you're doing but it was filled already so I had to find a back up. I'm really excited though!

I hope your shins feel better soon!! Have you tried icing after you run?


melonshots September 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm

that sounds like a good recipe!

soup is my go-to cheap recipe. and hummus :) haha


Holly September 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm

shoooo girl…i hope you LOVE project runway! your morning bowls of oats look fabulous, those pasta/rice dishes look amaze (props to Danno!) and i hope you have a fabulous, wine-filled evening with your friend. hopefully not as wine-filled as our night, that wouldn't be pretty for work tomorrow.

miss you tons – please come to madison!!! love you – chat tomorrow xx hugs, holly


Abby September 17, 2009 at 9:06 pm

First, oats look amazing, as does the risotto. I'm of the belief that you can put tons of butter and parmaesan on anything and it would be divine.

My fingers are crossed for your shins…okay, that just sounds weird, but you get it…


lilveggiepatch September 17, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Your poor shins! Please, PLEASE be careful… try doing lots of calf stretches. There's a big section on calves and shins on the Runner's World website.

I'm loving all the Mark Bittman love… the man can do no wrong! AND he has a tiny kitchen. Love him.


Leianna September 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Yay for Project Runway, love watching that show. Those people are so creative!


Taylor September 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Ahhhh your poor shins!!! I really really really hope your new shoes help and they feel better for you.

Enjoy Project Runway!! Loves it!


april September 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm

I hope your shins feel better! After I run my shins and hips always hurt.. I guess that's why I don't run very often!

On the brightside those oat concoctions sound fabulous!


talesfromtwocities September 18, 2009 at 6:06 am

I love a glass of wine while cooking too! Good luck on the run this weekend.


Emily (The Experimentarian) September 18, 2009 at 7:32 am

My husband would LOVE that bratwurst dish! Your recipes are always so inspirational to me–I made my own variation on your vegetable briyani (sp??), which i'll be posting tomorrow. Thanks :) xoxo


Christina- MINDFUL LIVING September 18, 2009 at 7:34 am

would normally say YUMMM to any pasta dish but I just am not a fan of sausage/bratwurst :(
but that pasta (like the actual pasta. fettucine??) looks great- is it homemade???

and sorry to hear about the shin pain… shin pain can be ANYTHING from stress fracture to tendinitis to shin splints you name it. my advice? dont run until the 9 miler this weekend. take time off let yourself heal!


insideiamdancing September 18, 2009 at 7:50 am

I love risotto! My mom makes a dish with cheap sausages and spicy spaghetti sauce that is great- such perfect food for chilly nights. My go-to cheap meals are based around beans/pulses…curry, dahl, Italian stews. So tasty :D


mamasweeds September 18, 2009 at 9:22 am

Oh yes, it definitely sounds like you just need some new kicks. I know it's time for new sneakers when my knees start to hurt. I keep track of my mileage in an excel spreadsheet and my sneakers are DONE around 300 – 350 miles, it never fails!


Dee September 18, 2009 at 10:01 am

all that food looks really tasty!

i hope your shins recover before your race

have you tried varying your trails? sometimes my shins hurt if i run at one inclination for too long, lots of hills change it up a bit.


runnerskitchen September 18, 2009 at 10:31 am

I sympathize with the soreness! Since I've been upping my mileage, everything feels achey :-( Luckily, I think it will pass with time. The body needs to get used to the pounding of long runs. Have you tried epsom salt baths? That could help! Also, new shoes can make a MAJOR difference. I try to replace my running shoes after about 400 miles or 6 months.

Your eats look delicious as usual! Love the garlic bread, mmmm.

Come visit New York! We can be running buddies :-)


Emily September 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm

i love that you suggest drinking the wine while waiting for the other wine to reduce…have you seen that quote (comes in the form of dish towels, oven mits, signs, pretty much everything…)"i love to cook with wine and sometimes i even put it in the food". its my favorite. i have the oven mit!

that sausage/brat pasta dish looks sooo freaking good. i'm excited to try!
have a lovely weekend lady :)


Brooke September 18, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Oh mah lord, I LOOOVE risotto!!! It's my fav carby thing eva! My pops once made this insane mushroom parmesan risotto and I died it was so good!!

I need to make some oats soon… with tons and tons of nut butta atop of it!


ohonemorething September 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Umm.. can't think of a recipe right now lol.. all of my recipes usually use pretty cheap ingredients.

Your breakfasts are so pornographic in a good way ahaha lol. I'm enjoying hot oats too. It's like.. in blogland hot oats should be a season.


Have a fabulous weekend, love!


Jules September 18, 2009 at 6:03 pm

All your food looks so tasty! Sorry about your running pain, I hope it gets better!
Happy Friday!


burpandslurp September 19, 2009 at 12:30 am

AAAH! I want your risotto and pasta SO bad!I'm really inspired to give risotto-cooking a try now.

Um, I use hotdogs sometimes…It was 50% off and is a cheap source of protein!


joyofood September 19, 2009 at 12:51 pm

All your food looks very delicious today. I love Project Runway too, it's great to see what they can come up with, with so little time.



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