Truffle mushroom risotto is my go-to perfect date night meal. It always looks incredibly impressive, but it’s actually a simple dish to throw together! Risotto is creamy and rich and gets so much flavor from the mushrooms and truffle. I also love to serve risotto at any dinner party for the same reason! So impressive with minimal work so you look like an ace!
What is Risotto?
Risotto is a northern Italian dish made with starchy short or medium-grain rice (oftentimes arborio or carnaroli) cooked with broth until it reaches a creamy consistency. Stirring the rice while cooking releases the starches in the rice, giving risotto its signature texture. It may sound labor-intensive but I promise it’s not! The rice is truly the star of the dish which is why you’re not likely to see proteins in risotto. Sometimes you’ll see lighter proteins on top like seared scallops, shrimp, or bacon. However, risotto is often meat-free as it’s so rich on its own!
How to make truffle mushroom risotto
This dish is a cinch to make! All you need is a handful of quality ingredients and 20 minutes.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Rice. Rice is an obvious ingredient for risotto! Opt for short to medium-grain rice like arborio or carnaroli. In truth, plain white medium-grain rice works great.
- Broth. Risotto is best when made with homemade broth. I’ve always got a store of chicken broth in the freezer–get my easy Instant Pot chicken broth recipe here.
- Truffle. I find that truffle oil can be too perfumey, so I love this black truffle puree. You can find it on Amazon here. Swap a small amount of truffle oil in a pinch.
- Mascarpone. Using mascarpone isn’t strictly traditional, but it gives the risotto the most glorious texture and flavor. You can find mascarpone at pretty much any well-stocked grocery store including Trader Joe’s, HEB, Whole Foods, etc.
- Parmesan cheese. Please don’t use the canned pre-grated stuff here! Use freshly grated or throw some chunks in a food processor and pulse until grated.
- White wine. Wine is present in almost every risotto! Opt for dry white wine and one that you’d like to drink.
Preparing Truffle Mushroom Risotto
- Mince your shallots. Make sure your shallots are very finely minced so that they melt into the risotto and don’t leave large chunks.
- Start the risotto. Risotto starts in a wide shallow pan with a bit of butter and your shallots. Cook for a couple of minutes until the shallots are softened. Add the rice and make sure you toss well so that all the grains are coated with a bit of butter. Cook for one minute more until the rice is gently toasted. Add the wine to de-glaze the pan and stir well.
- Stir, stir, stir. Risotto gets its texture from the starches released while stirring. Add your warm stock 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until the rice absorbs the liquid. Repeat this step until the rice reaches the desired level of doneness–risotto should be cooked to al dente and have a bit of bite.
- Cook your mushrooms. While the risotto is cooking, take the opportunity to crisp some mushrooms up in a bit of oil and butter. I used cremini, but chanterelle would be absolutely divine here.
- Finish your risotto. Once your rice is done cooking, remove it from the heat. Add in the mascarpone, remaining butter, parmesan, and some of your crispy mushrooms. Ladle into bowls, top with more mushrooms and chives, and enjoy!
Common mistakes when making risotto
- Using cold stock. Make sure your broth or stock is simmering! Adding cold liquid slows down the cooking process and hurts the finished product.
- Stirring too much or not enough. If you stir too much, the air cools the risotto down (slowing the cooking process), and not enough, the rice will stick to the pan. Be sure to agitate the rice and stir frequently, but take small breaks from time to time.
- Adding all the broth at once. You need to add the broth in stages. Adding all the broth at once is just boiling rice. The grains need to bump into each other to release starches. Add your broth one cup at a time and stir until the liquid is absorbed before adding more.
- Over or undercooking the rice. Risotto is meant to be cooked to al dente. It should have a little toothiness. If your risotto is mushy, it’s been cooked too long. If it’s crunchy, it needs more broth and to be cooked longer.
- Not using enough heat. Risotto is a slow cooking process, yes, but too low heat won’t cook at all. Be sure to keep the rice at a medium-low simmer while adding broth.
- Adding cheese and mascarpone too early. Cheese and mascarpone should be added at the very end of the cooking process.
Truffle Mushroom Risotto FAQs
Can I freeze truffle mushroom risotto?
Yes, but I never recommend it. Risotto needs to be served immediately. That being said, you can revive it with a bit of broth after it’s defrosted. Your rice will be a little more cooked than recommended, but still doable.
Can I make truffle mushroom risotto ahead of time?
Also, no. Risotto is a quick-cooking dish and to save time, prep and measure your ingredients ahead of time so that throwing it together is a breeze.
Is truffle mushroom risotto gluten-free?
You bet! Truffle mushroom risotto is gluten-free.