Prep time: 30 minutes to soak the porcini mushrooms
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Add dried porcini mushrooms to the hot stock water and soak for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, drain the porcini mushrooms over a saucepan and retain the stock. You will be using this to add to the risotto. Blitz the porcini mushrooms to a paste using a hand blender or food processor, and leave to the side.
In a large frying pan, heat the rapeseed oil over a medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Next add in the sliced mushrooms and cook over a high heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the garlic and stir for a further 2 minutes, until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms have wilted.
Add the risotto rice and stir well for 1 minute. Add the porcini mushroom paste and stir for a further 30 seconds. Finally add the white wine and stir to create a looser paste.
Stir well until the wine has been incorporated into the rice. Now add your first ladle of the mushroom stock. Stir into the rice and let it simmer while you continue stirring. Add another ladle of stock and repeat the process, ladle by ladle, stirring between each addition until the stock has evaporated and been incorporated into the rice. This should take approximately 15-20 minutes. You can taste the rice to make sure that it is cooked. It should be firm but not raw.
Once you have added the last ladle of stock, stir the risotto and take it off the heat. Add in the butter, grated Parmesan, salt and pepper, and leave to stand for 3 minutes. Just before serving, sprinkle over the chopped chives.
Serve with a lovely green side salad or green vegetables such as spinach or sugar snap peas.
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