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Smoked-Gouda Risotto with Spinach and Mushrooms

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Mary Catherine Muir
Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup risotto, 1 cup mushroom mixture, and 2 teaspoons parmesan)
Winning recipe--Chef Charles Dale, Renaissance Restaurant, Aspen, Colorado. Charles' tips: Any combination of mushrooms will work. Use cold chicken stock (even though simmering stock is typically used in risotto) to prevent splattering. Make sure there's some liquid left in the risotto; in fact, it should be pourable because the rice will absorb it as it sits. Always salt mushrooms after they are sautéed, or the salt will pull out their natural water and they'll poach.

Ingredients

  • Risotto:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 cups Arborio rice or other short-grain rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 5 cups chopped spinach (about 5 ounces)
  • Mushrooms:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 3 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 cups sliced button mushrooms (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2 cups sliced oyster mushrooms (about 3 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Rosemary sprigs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 480
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 14.4 g
  • satfat 7.5 g
  • monofat 4.9 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 20.4 g
  • carbohydrate 68.4 g
  • fiber 4.9 g
  • cholesterol 41 mg
  • iron 6.5 mg
  • sodium 983 mg
  • calcium 318 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare risotto, combine water and broth; set aside. Melt butter in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup shallots; cover and cook 2 minutes. Add rice; cook 2 minutes, uncovered, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/2 cup wine; cook 30 seconds or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 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 total). Stir in Gouda; cook just until melted. Stir in spinach; cook just until spinach is wilted.

  2. To prepare mushrooms, heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, and sauté 5 minutes or until beginning to brown. Add 1/3 cup shallots, 1/4 cup wine, chopped thyme, chopped rosemary, and minced garlic, and sauté 1 minute or until wine is absorbed. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

  3. Divide risotto evenly among 6 bowls; top with mushroom mixture, and sprinkle with Parmesan. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired.