4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

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)

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Bring reserved soaking liquid and broth to a simmer in a small saucepan (do not boil). Keep broth mixture warm over low heat.

Step 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).

Step 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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