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Mushroom Risotto Recipe with Lemon

Mushroom risotto

Published: October 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Check out our creamy mushroom risotto recipe with zesty lemon. This quick veggie risotto dish is easy to make and ready in 35 minutes

  • Vegetarian

Try this easy mushroom risotto then check out more risotto recipes and vegetarian risotto recipes.

For more meat-free options, try our vegetarian lasagnevegetarian moussaka, vegetarian paella and other vegetarian recipes.


  • 25g dried porcini
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
  • 25g butter
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 150g arborio rice
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 100g spinach, chopped
  • 50g pecorino (or veggie alternative), finely grated, plus a little extra to serve, if you like
  • 1 lemon, zested


  • STEP 1

    Put the porcini in a small bowl, pour over 300ml boiling water and leave to soak for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a jug and top up with boiling water to 600ml. Crumble in the stock cube or stir in 1 tsp of stock powder or liquid. Roughly chop the porcini.

  • STEP 2

    Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a wide, shallow, non-stick pan and add the chestnut mushrooms. Fry, keeping the heat fairly high, until the mushrooms have turned golden and shrunk a little (this will help concentrate the flavour). Scrape the mushrooms out of the pan into a bowl and give the pan a wipe.

  • STEP 3

    Add 1 tbsp of oil and the butter to the pan, and cook the shallots and garlic until softened. Add the porcini and risotto rice, and stir until coated. Tip in the wine and simmer until it’s all absorbed. Gradually add the porcini stock liquid, stirring until the rice is almost tender, then add the chestnut mushrooms. Add the last of the stock along with the spinach, pecorino and lemon zest. Take off the heat, put on a lid and sit for 5 minutes before serving in bowls with extra cheese, if you like.

Try two more of our meat-free risottos:

Vegetable risotto

Enjoy our vibrant veggie risotto with peas, baby spinach and asparagus. This easy veggie dinner is bursting with fresh flavours from chives, mint, lemon zest and pecorino

Herby greens and pecorino risotto

Vegan risotto

Fennel, courgette, peas and parsley make for a wonderfully green risotto. This one is flavoured with a little nutritional yeast in place of parmesan, to keep it plant-based.

Vegan risotto

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