I, shall we say, stewed (heh) over what to call this. First, it’s delicious. Second, it’s vegetarian. Third, though, it’s basically some risotto and some mushrooms thrown together to make a meal OR to go with a larger meal with some meat or another veggie side dish.
So I almost posted them separately, but they go so well together that I wanted to present them to you as a complete meal, which they totally are.
Unless you make them separately and serve them at different times, which also works great. You see the problem.
I first had this idea after reading this similar recipe from Love and Olive Oil, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I adore mushrooms and Jay hates them, it’s one of the very few things that we difer on. There are plenty of foods that one of us prefers over the other, but a whole dinner of rice and mushrooms for someone who is mainly low-carb and hates fungus was just not happening. So, I made this for lunch for myself and then ate it again that night for dinner. Jay had some mushrooms and a little rice and I added steak and sauteed spinach for him. Everyone was happy, but I could honestly eat an entire plate just like this.
It’s so simple: very basic risotto with mascarpone added right at the end; use veggie stock to make this vegetarian. The mushrooms are vegetarian as they are; a mix of fresh and dried mushrooms for a variety of textures and flavors. Onion, butter, and tomato paste make a super rich flavor combination, and the mushrooms sear then stew while you stir the risotto together. This is SO good.