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Portobello Risotto with Mascarpone

Portobello mushrooms add a beefy flavor to this creamy classic. Each serving is topped with soft, buttery mascarpone cheese, which makes it extra special. —Carmella Ryan, Rockville Centre, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine or additional reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup sliced baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, heat water and broth and keep warm. In a large saucepan, saute shallots and garlic in oil for 2-3 minutes or until shallots are tender. Add the rice, thyme, salt and pepper; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat; stir in wine. Cook and stir until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add heated broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly. Allow the liquid to absorb between additions. Cook just until risotto is creamy and rice is almost tender. (Cooking time is about 20 minutes.)
  • Add mushrooms and Parmesan cheese; stir gently until cheese is melted. Garnish each serving with a heaping tablespoon of
  • mascarpone. Serve immediately.
    Freeze option: Before adding mascarpone cheese, freeze cooled risotto mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Garnish as directed.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup risotto mixture with a heaping tablespoon Marscarpone cheese: 350 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 393mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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