mushroom risotto


50g dried porcini mushrooms / champignons porcini séchés
1 vegetable stock cube / cube de bouillon de légumes
2 tbsp olive oil / 2 c à s huile d'olive
1 onion, finely chopped / oignon coupé fin
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped / gousses d'ail finement coupées
250g pack chestnut mushrooms, sliced and washed
300g risotto rice, such as arborio
1 x 175ml glass white wine
25g butter
handful parsley leaves, chopped
50g parmesan or grana padano, freshly grated


Put the dried mushrooms into a large bowl and pour over 1 litre boiling water. Soak for 20 minutes, then drain into a bowl, discarding the last few tbsp of liquid left in the bowl. Crumble the stock cube into the mushroom liquid, then squeeze the mushrooms gently to remove any liquid. Chop the mushrooms.
Heat the oil in a shallow saucepan or deep frying pan over a medium flame. Add the onions and garlic, then fry for about 5 minutes until soft. Stir in the fresh and dried mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for 8 mins until the fresh mushrooms have softened. 
Tip the rice into the pan and cook for 1 minute. Pour over the wine and let it bubble to nothing so the alcohol evaporates. Keep the pan over a medium heat and pour in a quarter of the mushroom stock. Simmer the rice, stirring often, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Add about the same amount of stock again and continue to simmer and stir - it should start to become creamy, plump and tender. By the time the final quarter of stock is added, the rice should be almost cooked. 
Continue stirring until the rice is cooked. If the rice is still undercooked, add a splash of water. Take the pan off the heat, add the butter and scatter over half the cheese and the parsley. Cover and leave for a few minutes so that the rice can take up any excess liquid as it cools a bit. Give the risotto a final stir, spoon into bowls and scatter with the remaining cheese and parsley. 

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