Mushroom and Squash Risotto

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 55 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms

1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms

1 bay leaf

1 cinnamon stick, broken in half

3 black peppercorns

Kosher salt

1 pound mixed mushrooms (such as oyster and cremini)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

8 ounces butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cups arborio rice

1 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup grated aged gouda or parmesan cheese, plus shaved cheese for serving

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Soak the porcinis in 5 cups hot water, 30 minutes. Strain into a saucepan, squeezing the liquid from the porcinis; chop the porcinis and set aside.
  2. Make the mushroom broth: Remove the shiitake stems and transfer to a separate saucepan. Add 5 cups water, the bay leaf, 1/2 cinnamon stick, the peppercorns and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes, then remove from the heat and set aside to infuse, 30 minutes. Strain into the saucepan with the porcini soaking liquid, squeezing the liquid from the shiitake stems; discard the solids.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the shiitake mushroom caps and mixed mushrooms. Heat 3 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in an extra-large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and the remaining 1/2 cinnamon stick and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the shiitake caps and mixed mushrooms in an even layer and cook, undisturbed, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir and continue cooking until the mushrooms are soft, about 3 more minutes. Season with salt and discard the cinnamon stick.
  4. Bring the mushroom broth to a simmer. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the squash, onion, porcinis and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Add the rice and toast, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Add the wine and simmer, stirring, until absorbed, 1 minute. Add 3 cups hot broth, return to a simmer and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 more minutes. Add 3 more cups broth and the mushroom mixture; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the rice is al dente, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, the grated cheese and parsley. Add more broth, if needed. Season with salt and serve with more cheese.
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