Imagine risotto crossed with macaroni and cheese, and that’s what you get in this comforting side dish. Dried porcini lend a savory edge without an overt mushroom flavor. Serve alongside a simple roast chicken, or seared veal or pork chops.
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A pretty good risotto substitute for those nights when you're not in the mood to stand at the stove stirring for 20 minutes. Since there's no stirring involved, it lacks the creamy texture of risotto but still has nice strong mushroom flavor from the porcini. A bonus: if you make this recipe, you'll be left with a couple of cups of porcini-flavored cooking water which can be a great addition to a soup, stew, or a true mushroom risotto.
This was SUPER easy and truly delicious. I don't ever eat leftovers but I just finished eating what I made last night, and this is a wonderful and very simple recipe.
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