You remember that crazy good, melt-in-your-mouth risotto you had on vacation in Florence that consistently appears on your "Most Memorable Meals Ever" list? Whip up this date-night staple with the addition of tender mushrooms and aromatic truffle oil. Traditional Arborio rice is toasted and slow-cooked with white wine and a mushroom mélange, and finished with fresh chives, crushed peppercorns, and a drizzle of truffle oil. It's so silky and sinful, you'd never know this dish was low-calorie!
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Before You Cook
Prepare the Ingredients
Slice mushrooms thinly. Stem and mince parsley. Mince chives (cut four 2" pieces for garnish). Peel and mince shallot.
Prepare the Broth
Combine vegetable base and 4 cups water in a medium pot. Place over very low heat and whisk until completely dissolved.
Sauté the Mushrooms
Place a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil and mushrooms to hot pan and cook until caramelized, 4-6 minutes. Transfer half the mushrooms to a plate. Remaining mushrooms will be cooked with risotto in same pan, lending it great umami flavor.
Make the Risotto
Return pan with mushrooms to medium heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil and shallot and cook until aromatic, 30-60 seconds. Stir in Arborio rice, coating completely, and toast 1-2 minutes. Add white cooking wine and half the cracked peppercorns, stirring constantly until fully absorbed. Add 1 cup warm broth and stir until absorbed. Continuing add warm broth 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until all liquid is absorbed and rice becomes tender, 15-20 minutes.
Finish the Risotto
Once risotto is tender, remove from burner and stir in any remaining broth, remaining mushrooms, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, half the chives (reserve remaining for garnish), half the parsley (reserve remaining for garnish), and ½ tsp. salt.
Plate the Dish
Place a serving of risotto onto a plate or shallow dish. Garnish with remaining parsley, remaining chives, remaining cracked peppercorns, and a luxurious drizzle of truffle oil. Top dish with reserved chive sprigs.
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