Food for Soul

Oven Risotto with Crispy Roasted Mushrooms

Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Beatrice Chastka, Food Styling by Dana Bonagura

BY ANNA STOCKWELLDecember 18, 2018

  • Active Time30 minutes
  • Total Time50 minutes

Yes, you can make risotto without all the stirring—just pop it in the oven. And while that oven is on, use it to crisp up a bunch of mushrooms.


4 servings1 lb. mixed wild, shiitake, and/or crimini mushrooms, broken into pieces or sliced 1/4″ thick (about 4 cups)3 garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced6 thyme sprigs1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling1 3/4 tsp. (or more) kosher salt, divided1 medium onion, finely chopped1 cup arborio rice1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine3 cups homemade chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth, divided2 oz. finely grated Parmesan (about 1 cup)2 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest1/3 cup coarsely chopped parsley leavesLemon wedges (for serving)

Step 1

Place racks in bottom third and middle of oven; preheat to 350°F. Toss mushrooms, garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup oil, and 1/2 tsp. salt on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast on bottom rack, tossing halfway through, until deeply golden brown and crisped, 25–30 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large ovenproof Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened and slightly translucent, 3–5 minutes. Stir in rice; season with pepper and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until some grains are translucent, about 2 minutes. Add vermouth, bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until pan is almost dry, about 2 minutes. Add 2 1/2 cups stock. Bring to a simmer, then cover and bake in oven until liquid is mostly absorbed but rice is still slightly firm in the center, 16–18 minutes.

Step 3

Return pot to stove and heat over medium. Add remaining 1/2 cup stock and cook, stirring constantly, until rice is tender but still has some bite and sauce is creamy, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan, butter, and lemon zest; season to taste with salt, if needed. Add a little bit of warm water, if needed, until risotto is thick but still pourable.

Step 4

Transfer risotto to a platter. Top with crispy mushrooms and parsley. Drizzle with oil. Serve with lemon wedges alongside.

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