What's better than a bowl of creamy, cheesy, and hearty risotto? The answer is nothing. Our triple mushroom risotto packs a major umami punch with porcini-shiitake broth and roasted shiitake and cremini mushrooms on top. Enjoy this and thank us later.
Stem shiitake mushrooms and cut caps into ¼" strips. Once water is boiling, remove from burner and stir in dried porcini mushrooms and shiitake stems. Set aside at least 5 minutes, then strain through a wire-mesh strainer into an heat-safe bowl. Discard porcinis and shiitake stems. Reserve pot. While mushrooms soak, cut cremini mushrooms into ¼" slices. Peel and mince shallot. Mince parsley, stems and leaves. Halve baguette lengthwise and slice each half on an angle, creating four wedges.
Roast the Mushrooms
Place shiitake caps and cremini mushrooms on prepared baking sheet. Toss with 2 tsp. olive oil, ¼ tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper. Spread into a single layer and roast until mushrooms are tender, 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. While mushrooms roast, begin risotto.
Start the Risotto
Return pot used to make broth to medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add shallot and parsley (reserve a pinch for garnish) to hot pot. Stir constantly until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add Arborio rice and stir constantly until rice is lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Add 1 cup hot broth to pot with rice. Rice should just be covered by broth. Stir constantly, until nearly all broth is absorbed.
Finish the Risotto
Add another ½ cup broth and stir constantly until broth is nearly all absorbed. Repeat this process, stirring constantly, 18-20 minutes. Taste risotto as you cook, checking for tenderness. When rice has no more "bite" or crunch, it's done. There may be broth left. Remove pot from burner and stir in roasted mushrooms, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.
Bake the Baguette
Drizzle baguette slices with ½ tsp. olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place directly on oven rack and bake until lightly browned and toasted, 5-7 minutes. Carefully remove from oven.
Finish the Dish
Place a serving of risotto on a plate or in a bowl. Garnish with reserved parsley. Serve with toasted baguette.