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Bacon Mushroom Risotto

A rustic, hearty risotto packed with mushrooms, bacon, spinach, and parmesan cheese. The smoky, rich flavor makes it a fall and winter favorite.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 415kcal
Author Rachel

Ingredients

  • 5 slices Bacon diced
  • 1 cup Yellow Onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme dried
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced, or 2 teaspoon pre-minced garlic
  • 8 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup Arborio Rice uncooked
  • cup Sherry Cooking Wine
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 3 cups Spinach stems removed
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium pot or saucepan, warm chicken broth over low heat.
  • In a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat, add the diced bacon. Stir occasionally and sauté until crisp, about 8-10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside on paper towels.
  • To the same pot, add onions, olive oil, thyme, and garlic to drippings. Cook for 1 minute until garlic is fragrant. Add mushrooms. Cook until onion is translucent and mushrooms turn golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  • Add in rice and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add in sherry and stir constantly for 1 minute or until nearly absorbed.
  • Stir in 1 cup broth, simmer until the liquid is nearly (but not entirely) absorbed, stir occasionally. Repeat with the remaining stock, 1 cup at a time before adding the next (about 25 minutes total). The resulting risotto should look creamy and have more liquid than traditional rice.
  • Stir in spinach, cook for 1-2 minutes until the leaves wilt. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and bacon. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with additional parmesan or parsley if desired.

Notes

General Tips:
  • Don't rush it! It is tempting to pour all of the chicken stock in at one time but the rice will end up lumpy. 
  • The rice does need to be stirred frequently. It's not hard though, just stir often and add the stock a bit at a time. The more you stir, the more the starch mixes and creates a creamy, dreamy experience. 
  • Don’t rinse the rice. The outer coating of the Arborio rice is where most of the starch is, and it’s this rice starch that makes for a creamy risotto.
  • The longer you cook the mushrooms, the darker the final risotto will be. Aim for a golden brown color rather than dark brown or black.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3.9g | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 232mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3.8mg