Mushroom and Black Olive Risotto

Mushroom and Black Olive Risotto

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To serve – 4

Preparation time – 10 minutes plus 20 minutes soaking and 5 mins resting
Cooking time – 30 minutes

Olives go surprisingly well with the flavour of the wild porcini, but if not keen, leave them out and you’ll still end up with a fabulous risotto.

Nutritional Value per serving:
Energy 431kcal; Fat 19g


25g/1 oz dried porcini mushrooms 3 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 225 g/ 8 oz large open mushrooms, chopped 250 g/ 9 oz risotto rice 450 ml/ ¾ pint vegetable stock 2 tbsp black olives, pitted and roughly chopped 2 tbsp black olive paste Salt and freshly ground black pepper Fresh Parmesan cheese to serve


  1. Cover the porcini with 200 ml/ 7 fl oz boiling water, then leave to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain, reserving the water, and set both aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan, add the onion and fresh mushrooms and fry for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the rice and stir to coat thoroughly with the oil. Fry for 1-2 minutes
  5. Add the porcini and the reserved liquid to the rice with 225 ml/ 8 fl oz of the vegetable stock and the olives. Simmer, covered for 10 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir in 100 ml/4 fl oz of the remaining stock and cook for 5 minutes, covered, until absorbed.
  7. Add the rest of the stock, the seasoning and the olive paste and cook for 5 minutes, uncovered, stirring constantly.
  8. Remove from the heat and leave to rest, covered, for 5 minutes.
  9. Shave over the Parmesan cheese, using a vegetable peeler, then serve.

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