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Mushroom Risotto with Caramelized Onions


I’m licking my chops just looking at these pictures. This risotto was good. Damn good, in fact. And I know risotto.


I de-veganized this from an Oh She Glows recipe. Butter and cheese makes everything better, amIright?


Mushroom Risotto with Caramelized Onion


  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 large sweet onion, julienned  
  • 1 tbsp + 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large sprig fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to garnish
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan


1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook onion for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook over medium-low for about 8 minutes. Reduce heat if necessary to avoid burning.

2. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add all the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and let them cook for 5-10 minutes.

3. Add the rosemary sprig and seasonings to the skillet. Stir well. Cook for a couple minutes. Now add in the rice, balsamic vinegar, and broth gradually as it cooks, stirring regularly.

4. Meanwhile, make the caramelized onions. Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Add the julienned onion to the oil and sprinkle liberally with salt. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions turn a dark brown, for about 30 minutes. Watch closely.

5. When the risotto has finished cooking, stir in the parmesan. Distribute into bowl and top each bowl with a spoonful of caramelized onions and freshly ground pepper. Serves 2-4.

5 Responses

  1. I’m with you…I LOVE risotto. It is so comforting on a rainy Fall day like today. This version with mushrooms looks delicious. Have you tried it with butternut squash? Also amazing. http://www.flavorfulfork.com/2011/02/valentines-day-roasted-butternut-squash-risotto/

  2. I love risotto so much! This sounds so yummy right about now! And yes, cheese and butter do indeed make everything better!

  3. Since my husband loves mushrooms and I adore caramelized onions, this is a must try!

  4. Oh the caramelized onions on there look soo good. Yum!

  5. mmm…this looks perfect!

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