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Wild Mushroom and Arugula Risotto

Maren Caruso

Servings: 4

Make a comfort meal of a classically comforting dish. This creamy risotto gets its deep flavor from chicken broth, dry sherry, peppery arugula, and wild mushrooms. Bulk dried mushrooms typically include more exotic types like oyster, shiitake, and morel.

This recipe is excerpted from Big Buy Cooking.


  • 1-1/2 cups (1 oz.) dried mushrooms, rehydrated and chopped, plus 3/4 cup soaking liquid
  • 5 cups lower-salt chicken broth
  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 cups Carnaroli or Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 3 oz. baby arugula (4 cups, loosely packed)
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano
  • 1/3 cup sliced chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the mushroom soaking liquid with the chicken broth in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, in a large (4-quart) pot, melt 2 Tbs. butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook the onion, stirring, until it softens and turns a light brown, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

    Add the sherry; raise the heat to high, and cook, stirring, until it almost completely reduces, about 1 minute.

    Reduce the heat to medium; add 3/4 cup of the broth to the rice, and cook, stirring often, until the rice absorbs the broth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add another 3/4 cup of broth and cook until absorbed. Continue adding broth in this manner until the rice is creamy and tender, about 20 minutes total—you may or may not need all of the broth. Stir in the arugula, Parmigiano, all but a couple tablespoons of the chives, and the remaining 2 Tbs. butter and continue stirring until the arugula is just wilted, about 1 minute. Serve immediately in individual bowls, sprinkled with a few grinds of black pepper and the remaining chives.

This satisfying risotto makes a meal on its own when accompanied by a salad. Try: Mixed Greens and Sherry Vinaigrette.


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Reviews (6 reviews)

  • SeeBeth | 12/10/2017

    Amazing. Such perfect balance and richness. Devoured by my husband who dislikes mushrooms (tip: mince finely). Can not wait to make again. Enjoy!

  • pokano | 10/09/2016

    I used all the liquid called for and a packet of mixed dried wild mushrooms from our local farmers market. This dish was absolutely delicious. Will definitely make it again.

  • grlup | 02/21/2014

    This has been on my list of things to try and now that I have made it I can't believe it took me so long to do so. This is fantastic. I made according to recipe using dried shiitake and oyster mushrooms and the Arborio rice. Wouldn't change a thing!

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