Fall Flavours: Porcini Risotto

Risotto ai funghi porcini

With the arrival of autumn and the darker evenings, I find myself craving something comforting and full of seasonal flavours. And what is more comforting for this time of year than risotto? I find even the process itself of cooking risotto is comforting. Using seasonal porcini mushrooms gives the dish a nutty, earthy taste, which is the perfect combination with lots of parmesan. I look forward to making Porcini Risotto all year round and hope you enjoy it too. È buonissimo!

porcini risotto

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 40g dried porcini mushrooms
  • A couple sprigs of thyme 
  • 120g arborio rice
  • 250ml white wine
  • 1 litre stock (I used chicken stock, but you could use vegetable to make this dish vegetarian)
  • Unsalted butter
  • Parmigiano Reggiano


  • Soak the porcini mushrooms in warm water for at least 1 hour. 
  • Add a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil to a pan on medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté until translucent. 
  • Drain the porcini mushrooms and roughly chop, then add to the shallot, with the sprigs of thyme and a pinch of salt. Sauté further for around 5 minutes.
  • Add the risotto rice to the pan and stir to coat. Continue to stir for around 2 minutes to allow the rice to toast. 
  • Add the wine and stir until it has evaporated. 
  • Then, gradually add the stock to the pan, allowing the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more. 
  • Once the rice has absorbed all the liquid and is al dente, it is ready. 
  • Add a generous amount of butter and Parmigiano Reggiano and stir well. Serve with more Parmigiano Reggiano and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Buon appetito!
Natalia Bell

Contributing Food Editor

Natalia is a lawyer who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for and enjoying food with the people she loves, and travelling. She has a particular interest in Italian cuisine and culture, having been fortunate enough to travel there every year whilst growing up. She speaks Italian, but is continually trying to improve her skills to a fully proficient level. She would love to live in Italy one day - but, in the meantime, she posts about food and Italy on her Instagram @buonappetitotutti

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