comfort food - mushroom risotto

nothing says comfort more than risotto.  even the stirring that is required of the recipe is meditative.  this picture does not do this dish justice.  it is so creamy and yummy i could eat a batch of this all by myself.

mushroom risotto

1/2 c small dice onion
4 T earth balance margarine
1  pkg mushrooms (i use portobello or cremini) rough chop
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup arborio rice
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (if you have it)
approximately 4 cups of vegetable stock

in a heavy stockpot...

saute onions and mushrooms for about 10 minutes
add arborio rice and make sure the rice is coated with the melted margarine
add white wine and saffron, continue to cook for another 5 minutes
add a cup of heated vegetable stock and stir
allow the stock to be absorbed by the rice mixture - don't allow mixture to dry completely out.
slowly continue to stir and add vegetable stock a ladle full at a time until the rice is fully cooked - approx 30 minutes
when rice is soft and most of the liquid has been absorbed, it is done.
garnish with nutritional yeast and cracked black pepper
best eaten curled up on the sofa with someone you love.



  1. I am making this TODAY. Blessings to you ~Lina

  2. Mushroom risotto is my husband's favorite.
    Arborio rice is really sticky and starchy. I usually boil the rice first for a couple of minutes to get rid of some of the starch, then I rinse and proceed with the risotto process.

  3. Hungry! That looks far more appetising than the salad and ciabatta I've got planned. It's freezing and December, what was I thinking? xxx

  4. One of my favorite quotes of all time was on "Melting Pot" back in the day was when Rocco DiSpirito said "To properly make risotto one must have the passion of a lover and the patience of a saint" haha! Also, reading your blog has inspired me to try one month vegan. I'm excited to challenge my cooking skills.

  5. Do you know I just ordered this last night as take out from my favorite Italian restaurant...wished I'd seen this first :)

  6. Yum, though I'm noting the absence of cheese (or cheese substitute). To me, risotto is almost all about the Parmesan, but I'd be willing to try this.

    This is funny -- kind of -- but one of the ads that pops up on your site is for Jimmy Dean sausage. I don't know if there's anything you can do to correct that, but thought you might like to know.

    1. sisty, many other readers have pointed out the jimmy dean ad to me also. i swear to you that ads follow you on the internet. i'm not saying you were on a jimmy dean website (like who would do that?) but maybe you were on another cooking website. anyway, i'm looking into seeing if i can block ads like that. it just isn't easy getting blogger to cooperate with me. anyway, you won't miss the parm in this at all. i promise! the nutritional yeast gives it that parmy flavor.

    2. Janet, I had no idea you show ads on your blog. I always see it clean and free from any commercial-banners.

      You are absolutely right about the yeast. Maybe you like to ad it to the ingredients-list? I almost missed it until I reached the end of the recipe.
      btw: I use olive oil instead of margerine, which works and tastes fine, too.

      you might want to try Firefox. The ad-blocking works nicely, plain content, no ads. I often read comments where people complain about various types of ads on blogs. Without their comments I never would have known the blogger earns money with his/her blog which I don't mind. I just prefer the commercial-free-blogosphere. Like those radio programmes without commercials.

    3. Aha! Nutritional yeast as a substitute for parmesan -- all is not lost!

      And what a horrible concept, advertisers following you around on the internet. I did notice last week that ads for Paula Begoun skincare, which I use, kept popping up. And I do visit recipe sites, so that probably explains the Jimmy Dean.

      Paula -- thanks for the Firefox suggestion. I like the internet better without ads, too. Like public TV and radio.

  7. This looks great! I've been craving polenta and mushrooms.

    I think the ads are aimed at the visitor. I bought a wallet at a store called Ball & Buck and they e-mailed me the receipt. Just from getting that e-mail, ads for Ball & Buck popped up wherever I went. It's a little scary when Big Brother Google can analyze your computer and make ads appear that are geared to that comment. I'm not seeing any ads on your blog at the moment. Did you take them off?

  8. love risotto but I use butter and cheese!

    Hope all is well x

  9. I adore mushroom risotto, and that one looks delicious!

  10. I adore, adore, adore risotto! Wish I lived closer and I would invite myself over for supper. I love all your creations. ;D

    Have a very Merry Christmas if I don't "talk" to you before. Hugs and holiday kisses, Terri

  11. Hi! I've been following your blog for a couple of months now, but this is my first comment. Love love love your blog, btw!
    Been drooling over the recipes you post and I finally decided to make one, this one.
    Just finished cooking and sampling.
    Ohhhhhhh Mama! It is so yummy. I had only brown rice and 'regular' mushrooms on hand, and even with those subs, it is delicious.
    Brought hubby a small bowl to taste, he just called out from the other room "that is some d*mn good rice", lol!
    Thank you for the recipes and the great blog posts.

  12. Mushrooms and brown rice are one of my favorite foods, I have to try it.

  13. This looks absolutely delicious. Mushrooms, wine and risotto are all of my choicest comfort foods. I definitely have to try this one over the weekend.

  14. YUMMY!! Please share with us what your vegan holiday meal might look like this year. Merry Christmas to you sweet friend!

  15. Oh this looks so delicious! I also love mushrooms and brown rice, so I'll be giving this one a try. :)

    I also want to let you know that I have a review of the ankle boots from Target that I mentioned to you in a previous post on my blog today.

  16. Picking up these ingredients today! Thank you, Janet, for sharing another wonderful recipe, all your wonderful posts in 2012! Wishing you a very happy holiday!

  17. Hello!

    I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great info you have here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

    Man and Van Guildford

  18. janet, that looks so yummy! ok, i have a question for you...i am now living back in redlands and would love to come and see you for a facial..would you mind telling me if you are available for that, if so where are you working? my email is
    thanks so much and wishing you a season of joy and love. thank you for a year a caring, funny, insightful, thoughtful, compassionate, fashion fabulous posts...


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