Shiitake Mushroom Pumpkin Rosemary Risotto
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Shiitake Mushroom Pumpkin Rosemary Risotto Recipe

In Northern Italy, risotto is considered a simple, everyday comfort food. For me, it’s something to prepare mostly on special occasions, or for a cozy dinner date with my better half. Among all the risotto recipes I’ve made over the years, this is probably my favorite. When pumpkin and mushroom season finally hits, I make this risotto on repeat! Any kind of mushrooms will work here; I like to use fresh shiitake mushrooms because they can be found easily at the market and vaguely remind me of delicious, hard-to-find, expensive Italian porcini mushrooms. A mix of wild and porcini mushrooms would work well too.
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Andrea Soranidis

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 shallot finely minced
  • 5 oz shiitake or wild mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 5 oz muscat or Hokkaido pumpkin flesh finely cubed
  • sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 10.5 oz vialone nano or carnoroli rice
  • 1/4 cup white wine good quality
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp butter good quality

Instructions

  • Heat a small pan with the extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallot, mushrooms and pumpkin and sauté gently for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
  • In the meantime, heat a large pan over low heat. Add the rice and toast it for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has turned translucent, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon to avoid burning it. Add the wine, turn up the heat to medium-high and allow it to evaporate. Return the heat to medium-low, then pour in one ladle of stock, and allow the rice to absorb it. Season with salt to taste.
  • Stir the sautéed vegetables into the pan with the risotto, and continue to cook, gradually adding in stock and whisking constantly with a whisk until the rice is soft but still has a bite, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the risotto from the heat, add in the Parmesan cheese, butter and rosemary, then shake the pan vigorously to combine all the ingredients. The risotto should reach a smooth consistency.
  • Divide the risotto among plates, and serve it immediately.

Notes

Tip: I like this risotto less creamy than the classic risotto, but if you want it super gooey and rich, add an extra pat or two of butter. If you have a hard time finding muscat pumpkin, substitute with Hokkaido pumpkin.