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Mushroom & Leek Risotto

Creamy and flavorful, risotto is a special dish. It takes a little time and a lot of TLC, so I like to make double to guarantee leftovers!

Inspired by My Lovely Wife, Samantha Downing.

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Mushroom & Leek Risotto

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: leek, mushroom, rice, risotto, vegan friendly
Servings: 6


  • 6 cups stock I used a beef stock.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • grated Parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Simmer the broth over low heat.
  • Saute the mushrooms and leeks in the olive oil and 1 tbsp butter over low to medium heat until tender and fragrant, about 10 minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute another 1 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and set aside for later.
  • Add arborio rice to the pan over medium heat.
  • Cook until golden in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the wine and stir until all the liquid has been completely absorbed.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the simmering broth and stir until the rice has absorbed it.
  • Repeat the previous step over and over (and over) again until the rice is creamy and al dente when tasted, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Add the leeks and mushrooms to the rice.
  • Add the 4 tbsp of butter, salt, pepper and fresh grated Parmesan. Eat with joy!!

Nerdy Tips

  • Don’t be intimidated!! If you have the time, you can make this!! Patience is the most important part of a good risotto.
  • Use vegetable stock to make this an easy and creamy vegetarian dish.
  • Make sure your stock is warm, not boiling.
  • If you don’t want to use wine make sure to replace with an acid like lemon juice.
  • I make a double batch for twice the reward (dinner AND leftovers) with the same amount of effort.
  • To reheat those leftovers, add butter and wine before microwaving.

Nerdy Facts

  • Risotto is the classic rice dish of Italy.
  • Arborio rice is very high in starch, hence the resulting creaminess. It’s great for risotto but it is a high glycemic food.
  • According to Wikipedia, risotto originated in Milan around 1809.

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