Winter welcomes comfort meals of hot stews and soups and while mushroom risotto isn’t quite one or the other, it’s still a staple in my recipe box because it’s rich, hearty and warming.
Mushrooms are such an earthy and rich superfood that they can very easily substitute meat in many recipes.
They’re low in carbs, high in fiber, and easily absorb and combine flavors in recipes, but also contribute their very own distinct umami flavor.
Check out one of Kimberly’s favorite restaurants, Crossroads Kitchen, where mushrooms are the star of so many dishes on the menu.
On top of that, mushrooms are full of a very powerful micronutrient called ergothioneine, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which is released when cooked and is known to boost your immune system.
Love mushrooms? Make this Mushroom and Onion Gravy so rich, you’ll forget it’s completely plant-based!
That said, you have absolutely no reason not to try this delicious mushroom risotto recipe by Aimee of Wallflower Kitchen. It’s a comfort food that’s also unexpectedly luxurious, especially on a cold winter’s night.
(Vegan & Gluten-Free)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 shallot (or ½ white onion), diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 100g / 1 cup button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 100g / ½ cup risotto rice
- Approx 500ml / 2 cups vegetable stock
- (Optional) ½ tbsp white wine vinegar*
- (Optional) 4 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes**
- Fresh parsley, to serve
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the shallot and garlic and cook on a medium-low heat until softened.
- Add the mushrooms and cook for a further minute.
- Stir in the risotto rice and immediately pour in the stock and vinegar (if using). Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Add more hot water, if necessary.
- Once cooked, stir in the nutritional yeast (if using), stir in a handful of chopped fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve and enjoy!NOTES
*White wine vinegar adds extra flavor, but it still works well without it.
**Nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor, but again, this recipe still works well when left out.
There you have it, a quick, easy, and delicious meal fit for a dinner party or a cozy night on the couch.
What’s your go to comfort food during winter? Share with us in the comments!
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Photo Sources: Wallflower Kitchen