It was around 2006 and Jaye and I had only been together a couple of years.
He had this job as an operations manager for a group of nightclubs and restaurants, and part of his salary was an ‘entertainment allowance’ which basically meant we could act like high flyers at any of the restaurants and clubs, as it was all complimetary.
I can tell you – Alison circa 2006 was pretty chuffed with this!
One of the restaurants was really awesome, and we went there a lot, and usually ordered the same thing which was mushroom risotto!
Back then, we were very new vegans, and we used to just tell them to hold the cheese, which meant they just didn’t put any on top.
It was only much later that we twigged on to the fact that there was probably cheese IN it, not just ON TOP of it that could easily be left off. But we weren’t quite that wise then.
Anyway….that was when I fell in love with mushroom risotto.
So I knew I had to make a batch of mushroom risotto for the blog, and I can tell you, this version doesn’t miss the cheese at all!
When I first made this recipe, I used white wine, which a lot of risotto recipes call for.
But….while it tasted very good, I had kind of a sour stomach afterwards, and I must admit I kind of dreamt of wine all night and not in a good way, like in a stomach churning, ‘the wine is off’ kind of way.
Now…my wine wasn’t off, so I concluded that I just don’t like wine much in cooking. Personal preference. Jaye also didn’t enjoy the wine and his stomach also felt a little strange.
So I made it again – sans wine this time and it had ALL the flavor with none of the sour stomach after-effects. MUCH better.
If you love to cook with wine though, then you can add 1/2 cup of wine to this same recipe. You add it in after the rice, and let it cook off and absorb with the rice before you add in the stock.
This vegan mushroom risotto is creamy and rich, tasting as if there may actually BE cream in it, when of course there is none.
The mushroom flavor cooks in so well with the risotto rice, and it makes a perfect savory entree.
So to recap – the reasons you will LOVE this vegan mushroom risotto are that it is:
- Deliciously savory
- Packed with mushroom flavor
- Super easy
All that and it’s ready in 45-minutes too. So add quick to the list!
So let me know what you think of this recipe by leaving a comment!
For other beyond delicious dinner recipes made with mushrooms, check out the following recipes:
- Tahini Mushroom Sauce over Penne
- Tofu Burger with Creamy Mushroom Sauce
- Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic and Avocado
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Creamy and rich vegan mushroom risotto. A perfect savory entree, ready in 45 minutes!
For the Risotto:
- 1 Onion (chopped)
- 6 cups Vegetable Stock/Broth
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Packs (18oz/500g) Brown Mushrooms (sliced)
- 1.5 cups (300g) Risotto (Arborio) Rice
- 2 Tbsp Vegan Butter
- Sea Salt (to taste)
- Black Pepper (to taste)
- Vegan Parmesan Cheese
- Prepare the 6 cups vegetable stock/broth and set aside.
- Add the olive oil to a pot, add the onion and sauté on medium high for a couple of minutes.
- Then add in the sliced mushrooms, cover the pot and cook for a couple of minutes until the mushrooms have released some of their water.
- Then remove the lid and add the rice and sauté it with the onions and mushrooms.
- Then add 3 cups of vegetable stock/broth, stir well and then cover and simmer for around 20 minutes until the broth is mostly absorbed.
- Then add 1.5 cups vegetable stock/broth, stir well again and cover and simmer for around 10 minutes until the broth is mostly absorbed.
- Then add the last 1.5 cups of vegetable stock/broth, stir well again and cover and simmer for a final 5-10 minutes.
- It’s ready when all the stock/broth has been mostly absorbed by the rice.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the 2 Tbsp of vegan butter.
- Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
- Serve with chopped parsley and some vegan parmesan
*If your stock has dehydrated vegetable pieces in it, it’s better to strain it so that it’s just the clear broth.
*The times mentioned are just a guide, if you’re cooking on a gas stove or just in a different pot, it might go faster. So you’re watching for when the broth is mostly absorbed before adding more broth rather than keeping a watch on time.
- Serving Size: 1 Serve (of 4)
- Calories: 396
- Sugar: 3.3g
- Sodium: 1219mg
- Fat: 9.2g
- Saturated Fat: 1.8g
- Carbohydrates: 69.3g
- Fiber: 4.6g
- Protein: 9.9g