Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms and Mascarpone

Best Rice Recipe. Buttery-rich mascarpone cheese adds to the luxurious creamy consistency of this classic Italian dish, while Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and porcini mushrooms add salty and meaty notes. These ingredients worked in concert to earn our Test Kitchens' highest rating. Technically, it's considered a side dish, though some of our staffers find it a delicious entrée. --Recipe by Kathleen Kanen (December 2005)

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 198
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 6.1g
  • Saturated fat: 3.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 8.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 27g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Iron: 1.9mg
  • Sodium: 449mg
  • Calcium: 113mg

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms (about 1/2 ounce)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can less-sodium beef broth
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice or other short-grain rice
  • 3/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups boiling water and mushrooms; let stand 10 minutes or until soft. Drain through a colander over a bowl. Reserve 1 1/4 cups soaking liquid; chop mushrooms.
  2. Bring reserved soaking liquid and broth to a simmer in a small saucepan (do not boil). Keep broth mixture warm over low heat.
  3. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add rice, shallots, and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Add wine; cook until liquid evaporates (about 2 minutes).
  4. Add 1 cup broth mixture to rice mixture; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring occasionally. Add remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring occasionally until each portion of broth mixture is absorbed before adding the next (about 25 minutes total). Add mushrooms, Parmigiano-Reggiano and mascarpone cheeses, thyme, salt, and pepper; stir gently just until cheeses melt. Serve warm.
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