Mmmm…. So creamy… so vegany.
I made this recipe for a table of 12 non-vegans, and they all loved and devoured it. Non-vegan approved!
The wonderful thing about risotto is, you really don’t need the mounds of cheese or butter to make the dish creamy. It magically does that all on it’s own.
Try it and see for yourself!
A big pile of mixed mushrooms (or all one kind would work too)
1 quart veggie stock
half a big onion
a few stalks of celery
3-4 cloves garlic
a few cups of arborio rice
a splash of white wine or white vermouth (optional)
Few pinches of thyme
few pinches of chili powder
a few spoonfuls of nutritional yeast
A spoonful of vegan butter (optional)
half a lemon juiced and the zest
handful of parsley
salt and pepper
I chose 4 different kinds of mushrooms, shiitake, king oyster, button, and enoki mushrooms. If you have different varieties available those will do as well, or even if you only have regular old button mushrooms and nothing else, this recipe will still work out. The most important part is to have lots of mushroom! They cook down a lot!
To start, pour all your veggie broth in a sauce pan, and heat it up to a simmer on the stove. You will leave this simmering the whole time as you use it. Chop up your mushrooms, remove stems if need be.
Sauté the mushrooms in a bit of oil. You will have to do this in batches, so that they have a chance to brown. Don’t crowd the mushrooms. I did 4 batches (but I also made this for 12, so you may have fewer).
Once finished with the mushrooms, chop up some celery and onions and sauté that in the same pan you just had the mushrooms in. Don’t worry about all the brown bits left on the bottom of the pan from the mushrooms, those are delicious flavour bits, and they will work their magic in the risotto. When the onions start to golden, toss in the garlic, thyme, and some salt and pepper.
When that is looking all delicious add your rice. About 1/2 cup of rice is good for one person, this recipe is roughly for four, so toss in around two cups. (I don’t bother to measure).
Now comes the non-stop stirring part of the recipe. You want your rice to soak up some of the onion celery juice, but it is important not to brown the rice! So keep moving it! Do this for about 1-2 minutes and the rice will start looking a bit translucent. Now add your splash of white wine or vermouth, and let that absorb into the rice. Then, take a ladle-full of your broth and add it to your rice. Keep it moving.
The broth will begin to be sucked up by the rice. Once it is all sucked up, add all your mushrooms, and another ladle-full of broth. Keep stirring. Once broth is absorbed add more. Do this until the rice is cooked. About 15-20 mins. If you run out of broth, just use a bit of water. It will start looking all creamy and delicious. Have a taste and when it is al dente it is done.
Now all you have to do is season with nutritional yeast, chili powder, vegan butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Taste and adjust as you like.