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Mushroom, Arugula, and White Wine Risotto


Mushroom, Arugula, and White Wine Risotto

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of arborio rice
  • 4 cups of chicken stock warmed in a pan on the stove
  • oz cremini mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • oz shitake mushrooms cleaned, de-stemmed, and sliced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2-3 oz white wine (not too sweet, think chardonnay not riesling)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese
  • 2 Tbs butter

Serves 4-6 as an entree

Clean and slice the mushrooms, dice the onion, and gather the rest of the ingredients. Make sure to warm your stock over low heat in a separate pan on the stove. In a large pan or 2 quart pot, add a small amount of oil to the pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and stir, cooking for 2-4 minutes as they turn translucent. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and add the rice and stir well. Once the rice grains begin to look translucent on the edges, add 2 oz of white wine to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Scrape up all of the flavorful bits on the bottom of the pan, and when the wine has almost been absorbed, begin to add the chicken stock 1/2 to 1 cup at a time. Add 2 bay leaves to the pan and make sure to stir the rice well, once every few minutes. As the stock is absorbed, add more chicken stock. It will take approximately 25-30 minutes to incorporate all of the chicken stock. After adding the last of the stock, cook the rice for an additional 4 minutes and then add 2 Tbs butter and 1/2 cup of shredded asiago cheese. Stir well until the cheese is completely melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove the two bay leaves and fold in chopped arugula. Serve immediately.

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About Chef Pete

Chef Pete received his classical training at the Western Culinary Institute in 1999, and then went on to work in the kitchens of various restaurants in WI, NM, and IL.

After working as a corporate chef for Sub-Zero Corp. and then the Viking Cooking School, Pete realized that there are 4 things in life that he truly loves:
1. His Family
2. Teaching others how to cook great food in their own kitchens.
3. Cycling
4. Tacos.
In That Order.

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