Risotto with Porcini Mushroom


Richard and I spent the best part of yesterday afternoon perched up on a builders plank, unsafely plonked onto our window sill and the top of the staircase, in the attempt to hang seven, beautiful, paintings made by Richard himself over the course of the last two weeks. A gargantuan task, if you add the demands of a 4 year-old on a sunny Saturday afternoon and those of a 12 month-old, desperately wanting adult attention! After we hung the seventh frame, we had just about 3 minutes to contemplate and admire the fruits of such hard labour and marvel at the fact that no one got injured in the process, when the paintings started to drop from the wall one after the other…I could think of only one solution to the problem: comfort food! And a glass of wine…Risotto sprang to mind, as I had just made a rich and flavorful vegetable stock. If you have read my other posts on risotto you know by now that the only ingredient that will determine the taste of your finished dish is the quality of your stock. Home-made always wins. Your risotto will only taste as good as your stock. You do the maths!


2 handfuls of dried porcini , soaked in warm water for 30 minutes. (They need to be soft and rehydrated before you can use them)

1 leek, well washed and sliced thinly

1-2 springs of thyme

3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon of butter+ 1 more just before serving

350 gr (2 cups) of Carnaroli or Arborio rice

1/2 cup of dry white wine

2 lt of stock, brought up to a gentle simmer

1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano

Parsley leaves

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Stir fry  the leek gently with oil and butter, add the thyme springs, 1 couple of tablespoons of water and  pinch of salt. Cover with a lid and stew for 5 minutes over low heat to soften the leeks.

2. Add therice and toast with the leeks until translucent. Be mindful to stir your rice well.

3. Add the white wine and allow for the alcohol to evaporate, stirring gently. Pour yourself some wine, while you are at it…

4. Turn the heat down, add your softened mushroom and start adding the stock a ladleful at a time, while stirring gently. For added mushroom flavor, add the porcini soaking liquid to your stock. Taste for salt and adjust accordingly. Keep adding stock until the rice is cooked, this will take around 18 minutes.

5. Turn off the heat and add a generous dusting of parmigiano, a tablespoon of  butter and one ladeful of stock. Stir vigorously to release the starch and create the classic all’onda* texture. Cover with a lid and let it rest for a few minutes to  create the perfect mantecatura, creaminess




Serve it with freshly ground black pepper and parsley leaves.

* The way of the waves

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. loredana says:

    Risotto sembra una buona soluzione consolatoria! Prima di riappendere e fare nuovi equilibrismi fate le foto che Mazza e io vogliamo vedere i capolavori (intendendo sia il risotto che i paintings!!) XXX.

  2. Joanna Weir says:

    Cara Silvia,
    mi piace veramente tutte le vostre ricette e sopratutto amore le storie che il accompagnano. Sono stata imparare i’italiano e ora sto cercando di master il vostro modo con il cibo. Potrebbe condividere un bolonaise con noi. Harry, il mio figlio,(lui ha 20 anni) e imparare a cucinare e vorrei il vostro prendere su di esso.
    Grazie Joanna da Melbourne

  3. mrsmjs says:

    Ingredients in the house; supper sorted out for tomorrow night!! Will be good to try out another version other than The Rivercafe usual in this household. Pleased to have found your flavourful blog and thanks for the ping-back on my beetroot risotto post.

    1. Excellent! I am looking forward to hearing how you went with my recipe! Thanks for the lovely comment. x

  4. Stephanie Clarke says:

    I am making this right now Silvia! It smells absolutely amazing. I love cooking risotto, I find it very relaxing. And I took your advice and poured myself a glass of wine too 🙂

    Thank you for this blog – I have made several of your recipes and they are always so delicious! Grazie!

    1. Thanks Stephanie!

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