The Mailbox: Don’t rush this risotto

Butternut mushroom risotto

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Yvonne Mitchell of Fairfield wanted to try her hand at making risotto and was hoping for a recipe. Patience is the key to making risotto – you can't rush the process.

Karen Austin of Grass Valley shares this recipe.

5 cups vegetable or chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried sage

2 bay leaves

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 small butternut squash, peeled, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

1/2 pound thinly sliced portobello mushrooms

1 1/4 cups uncooked arborio rice

1/2 cup dry white wine

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons butter, optional

Bring the broth to a simmer and add thyme, sage and bay leaves. Keep it simmering.

In a heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add squash and mushrooms and cook, stirring almost constantly, for about 5 minutes.

Add rice and stir to coat well. Continue stirring for two minutes. Add wine and stir until liquid is absorbed.

Remove bay leaves from broth. Add 1/2 cup of the hot broth to rice mixture and cook, stirring constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding broth, 1/2 cup at a time, and stir until the liquid is absorbed each time before adding the next 1/2 cup broth.

Add salt and pepper to taste, Parmesan cheese and butter (if using) and stir to mix well.

Per serving: 563 cal.; 14 g pro.; 84 g carb.; 17 g fat (4 sat.; 11 mono.; 2 polyunsat.); 6 mg chol,; 1415 mg sod.; 8 g fiber; 28 percent calories from fat.

Serves 4

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