Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Porcini Mushroom Risotto

West Coast Wild Foods is known for the quality wild mushrooms that we harvest each season, and this creamy porcini mushroom risotto takes inspiration from those delicious wild mushrooms. Porcini mushrooms are renowned worldwide for their rich, nutty flavor and meaty texture, often paired with Italian dishes.

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Serves: 4 people  Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 60 minutes


  • 14g Dried Porcini Mushrooms, soaked
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 cup (7oz) arborio rice
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 sprig thyme


  1. Soak the dried porcini mushrooms in a bowl of warm water for 15-20 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft and water is dark
  2. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the soaking water in a separate bowl
  3. In a large pan, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat
  4. Add the porcini mushrooms in an even layer and sauté until beginning to brown
  5. In a pot, bring the chicken broth to a simmer, stirring in the soaking water from the mushrooms
  6. Remove the cooked porcini mushrooms from the pan and set aside
  7. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan along with the remaining 1 tbsp of butter and olive oil
  8. Add a pinch of salt, and sauté for 2 minutes
  9. Add the rice to the pan and continue cooking until it begins to look translucent
  10. Add white wine and stir until until the liquid has been absorbed
  11. Add 3/4 cup warm chicken broth; stir for 1 minute, until almost all broth is absorbed
  12. Continue this process until half the broth is used up
  13. Add in sautéed porcini mushrooms
  14. Continue adding warmed broth in increments
  15. The rice is done when it is tender and has a creamy texture
  16. Stir in Parmesan cheese and garnish with thyme
  17. Serve and enjoy!

Tip: To save time, the dried porcini mushrooms can be soaked in cold water overnight rehydrate. When they are soft, they are ready to be cooked and enjoyed.

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