Friday, February 7, 2014

Creamy Mushroom, Onion and Bacon Risotto


I'm glad I work out - it may not be as much as I would like but I definitely needed a bit of strength to prepare this Creamy Mushroom, Onion and Bacon Risotto.  If you haven't made risotto before, the key to the texture is stirring it constantly for about 25 minutes.  Don't be scared, I may be exaggerating just a bit!

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We love risotto - our daughter and son-in-law even had it as a side dish for their wedding.  There is just something about the creamy texture and flavors that make it a great side dish.  It especially pairs well with chicken - maybe a marsala, piccata or saltimbocca (which they also served at the wedding).

Now as I said I may have been exaggerating a bit about the muscle strength but you do need to stir it the entire time it is cooking.  The key is adding hot broth a bit at a time and letting the liquid be absorbed into the rice.  I promise the results are worth it!

Creamy Mushroom, Onion and Bacon Risotto

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 5 slices bacon chopped
  • 6 ounces baby bella mushroom sliced thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Marsala wine
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 5 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 ounces gratedparmesan or romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with oil. Add onion and bacon and cook until bacon is almost crisp and onion is tender (about 5-6 minutes)
  2. Stir in mushrooms and 1/4 tsp salt and cook for 5 minutes until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Add 1/2 of the wine and stir until liquid is absorbed (about 3-4 minutes)
  4. Add rice and stir until rice is light brown (about 4-5 minutes) then stir in remaining wine stirring until all liquid is absorbed
  5. Have the chicken broth simmering on the stove while you are preparing the above steps
  6. Add 1/2 cup of hot broth to rice mixture; stirring constantly until liquid is completely absorbed.
  7. Keep adding in 1/2 cup increments until broth is absorbed each time - this process should take about 25 minutes. Make sure the broth is simmering the entire time
  8. Stir in cheese and butter then season will additional salt and pepper to your liking
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So what do you think?  Have I intrigued you?  Will you give it a try? Please let me know if you do or have any questions.



Another risotto recipe you might like - Limoncello and Asparagus Risotto


26 comments:

  1. Wow Deb, this looks wonderful! I love all the flavors in this risotto! I better start working out!

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  2. Oooooo.... I LOVE risotto, Deb! :) It is my adult comfort food. And this one looks amazing!

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  3. This risotto looks just perfect, Deb, great arm workout and all. haha

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  4. Risotto is a big hit in our house! I love it with mushrooms!

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  5. Yum, I love risotto and this one looks wonderful Deb! Love all the the flavors in here :)

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  6. Gahhhh Deb. I totally love a good mushroom risotto and you went and added bacon! This looks creamy and prefect. Dang I'm hungry.

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  7. You had me at bacon :) My family loves anything with bacon!!!

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  8. Looks amazing! And this reminds me that I need to make risotto again soon. I really love it but don't make it nearly as often as I should. Thanks for sharing, Deb!

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  9. Yep, I'm one of those that have never even made risotto before. I've never even tried it.... yet! I must have been deprived as a child. Going to give this one a try, Deb!

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  10. This looks and sounds delicious! I've never made risotto, so started pinning some recipes for when I get the gumption to give it a go. Definitely saving this one.

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  11. Hi Deb! A new fan here and I'm glad I found you through Joan at My Cookie Clinic! What a wonderful site you have! I am a huge risotto lover. It's the first thing I look for on the menu of any restaurant I visit! I've only made dessert risottos before (I think they are very forgiving)....but I love mushrooms and so I'm going to be brave and give this beautiful recipe a try! Your photos are lovely! : )

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  12. I saw this earlier when I was pinning the pin party stuff. OMG. this looks fantastic, Deb! Great photos, too. :)

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  13. I have yet to try risotto--but it looks delicious. I just might try it!

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  14. looks divine! Risotto is one of my favorites, and your recipe has all my favorite ingredients, thanks!
    Jenna

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  15. This looks delicious! I've never actually cooked risotto but I may try it soon. Great job!

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  16. Oh I love risotto especially with mushrooms

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  17. I have never made risotto but I love mushrooms! Looks like a great recipe! #SITSBlogging

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  18. I love risotto, my hubs loves bacon! I think I know what to cook for dinner! Your pictures make it look mouth watering!! I love the feature youhave on your blog where you pick the main ingredient and it brings up recipes! very neat!

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  19. I love chicken and mushroom risotto. This sounds absolutely delicious. I am printing this out to add to my list of things to make. Yum!

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  20. Deb, oh my, this looks fantastic and I love risotto! Absolutely love the flavors you used. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week!

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  21. There's a video that hasn't been marketed yet, "The Risotto Workout" I think you need to make it. Great dish thanks Deb for bringing it to foodie friday.

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  22. Wow Deb, that looks like a very satisfying dish. Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday

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  23. Hi, my husband and I LOVE risotto so much and I would love to try out this recipe. TFS and I pinned it. Have a nice weekend and I saw this at the Sat. Night Fever party!
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

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  24. This looks wonderful, Deb! I'm digging all of the flavors in this risotto!

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  25. Risotto is one of my absolute favorite dishes....to eat, and to make! I love standing by the stove with a glass of wine while I stir for those 25 minutes....25 minutes of (relative) peace!!! These flavors sound awesome, Deb!

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  26. Amazing! I am making this for the second time this week. It was a hit at our house. Thanks for sharing.

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