You can use any fresh mushrooms, such as shiitake or portobello, in this recipe. Make-ahead tip: Prepare the risotto, reserving a cup of the broth mixture and leaving the rice slightly undercooked. Cool and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat the risotto just before serving, adding the remaining liquid and fully cooking the rice.
2 cups water
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can vegetable broth
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms (about 6 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice or other medium-grain rice
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
How to Make It
Bring water and broth to a simmer in a saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; saute 5 minutes or until tender. Remove mushrooms from pan.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 2 minutes or until tender. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly.
Add broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth mixture is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes). Stir in mushrooms, cheese, and remaining ingredients.