Red Wine Risotto

This presentation is getting a little too stuffy in here for me

Once again: Risotto is a really easy quick dinner that everyone thinks is fancy and hard. It is also a dish that is always better at home than from a restaurant.

For this one, we went a little off left field, but it is still really easy to do. We used some dried Matsutakes sent from Marx Foods and a dry pinot noir for the wine, but any red wine with a little fruit will do. For those who need the basic steps go here.

Red Wine Risotto

  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup dried mushrooms (matsutake, shitake or porcini)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2-2 cups fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups light dry red wine
  • 1 cup grated Romano

Soak dried mushrooms in a measuring cup and fill to 2 cup mark with boiling water. Chop 3/4 of the fresh mushrooms into small bits. The last 1/4 slice thick. Saute the thick slices in butter until golden brown. Set aside. Heat up broth to a low simmer and add strained mushroom liquid. Make risotto adding all the wine first, then finish with stock. Saute the onion then the chopped dried and fresh bits then the rice. After adding the cheese mix in the sauteed sliced mushrooms.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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52 Responses to Red Wine Risotto

  1. zestybeandog says:

    I really love Matsutake mushrooms and can’t help but think of Iron Chef when I hear the word πŸ™‚ This looks really tasty!

  2. easybaked says:

    yum yum yuuuum…..love mushroom risotto so much– plus red wine? sounds amazing!!!!!!

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    Looks gorgeous! I think I would definitely love this recipe, Greg. It’s great that there isn’t a pound of butter to finish this off,

  4. Kristy says:

    One of my favorites! I’ll be slipping this one to Mike. I love when he makes me risotto. πŸ˜‰

  5. Matsutake, wow that sounds exotic.. and this one looks so rich in flavor with the deep red from the wine you’ve used!

  6. A_Boleyn says:

    I enjoy risotto and this one is particularly colourful with the red colour from the wine. πŸ™‚ Have you ever made arancini with the leftover risotto? I once had some with shredded oxtail ragu in the center. Very tasty.

  7. The colour on that is fantastic. Why don’t more risotto recipes include red wine?

  8. chefconnie says:

    I love the combo of meaty mushrooms and red wine. Great recipe.

  9. Not much of a risotto person but that looks really good.

  10. Jessica says:

    It’s true, the last time I had risotto at a restaurant was a bit disappointing. Love the color and mushrooms are a weakness of mine!

  11. ChgoJohn says:

    Just look at that color! Incredible! It makes quite the presentation.

  12. Carolyn Chan says:

    I had an amarone risotto in Verona when we were there last year – it’s strangely compelling !

  13. Tandy says:

    I have to try this as the red wine makes it look great!

  14. Awesome risotto!
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  15. Great red color of the rice, but I love the golden mushrooms even more!

  16. Purely.. Kay says:

    Now aren’t we fancy today :). I love this of course… the risotto looks amazing and is cooked to perfection

  17. Love all the mushrooms.

  18. DonΒ΄t think IΒ΄ve ever made a red wine risotto – it looks so appealing! Have never heard of those mushrooms, they sound good πŸ™‚

  19. Looks great! Going to send this to my son. He loves risotto and I know he would like this.

  20. One of my favourite dishes – simplicity itself, yet absolutely delicious.

  21. BrainRants says:

    I suspect I’d eat this as the main course all by itself.

  22. aFrankAngle says:

    We like risotto, but avoid making it. Maybe it’s time I take the leap.

  23. egg me on says:

    Red wine in risotto?! I’ve never seen such a thing! But it looks great. Such a deep, rich color. I love it.

  24. smartfoodandfit says:

    This would go great with some veal! Yum!

  25. sallybr says:

    You and Katherine are on the same wavelength as Phil and I – made risotto last night, but mine was not as fancy as yours, I love how the color of the red wine makes the rice purple – I once made pasta using red wine in the cooking water, but probably diluted it too much and it didn’t turn out the way it should

    the mushrooms are a perfect choice of addition to this risotto – superb dish, Greg!

  26. spree says:

    comfort spelled r-i-s-o-t-t-o ! And you’re so right: it’s Always better at home!

  27. Mad Dog says:

    That looks excellent!

  28. That arborio rice with the vegetable stock, got a try it.

  29. Whenever I’ve made red wine risotto it never looks as red as yours, I’m wondering what I’m doing wrong?! It still tastes good, but just doesn’t look as yummy as yours!

  30. Lovely risotto maybe a little drizzle of truffle oil on top just prior to serving might be really yummy too.

  31. Mmm. This looks gorgeous and I’m getting a little tipsy just looking at it ;).

  32. Courtney says:

    Risotto is a staple at our house, so I’m happy for a new recipe.

  33. ceciliag says:

    Wow the wine is a very exciting addition. What a divine colour it gives to the risotto. oh and tell katherine thank you so much for the link to the Border Collie. I spoke to TonTon about it and he has promised if he goes off moonlighting again he will give me a share of his paycheck!! I mean it is only fair! c

  34. Andrea says:

    Looks fabulous! Love the color!

  35. TasteFood says:

    I’ve never made risotto with red wine. It looks wonderful – great color.

  36. Oh boy, another interesting way to make risotto, which I do love so much. Can’t wait to try this!

  37. Yum!!!! Making this sometime this week for dinner πŸ™‚

  38. Amy says:

    Oh boy, look at that concentration of color…gorgeous! I love risotto and this one looks delicious πŸ™‚

  39. nancyc says:

    This sounds and looks really good-a great side dish!

  40. I adore the color of your orzo…a deep, red-purple color. Very beautiful.

  41. Love the color and it sounds delish! But it’s not green!?!

  42. rsmacaalay says:

    Interesting I never used red on risotto always white, maybe its time to try it

  43. peasepudding says:

    I love risotto, its one of my favourite foods but not easy to photograph because of the one texture. Hmmm, think I will have to make some this long weekend with red wine for the pot and me :-0

  44. This looks delectable!

  45. Caroline says:

    I was literally just on the phone with my mom last night talking about how I need to make risotto. I’m one of those people whose intimidated by making the dish…not too sure why. But I did buy some arborio rice at Trader Joe’s the other week, so I have to give it a try sooner or later!

  46. Fabulous recipe! I would love to pair this with lamb or beef.

  47. Robin says:

    That looks and sounds yummy! πŸ™‚

  48. We make risotto every week, the boy loves it, but never have I made it with red wine. I must try that.

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