Cheesy Mushroom Risotto by Carolyn S.
Want risotto without standing at the stove for way too long? Want great flavor and texture without investing an afternoon? This is it!
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup uncooked converted rice
  • 2 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth make your own, page 256, divided
  • 1 cup half-and-half divided
  • 1 ⁄2 pound fresh button mushrooms sliced
  • 1 ⁄2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese plus more for topping
  • half a stick 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ⁄4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth if needed
  1. Grease the interior of the slow cooker crock with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Put the onions, rice, garlic, and 2 cups of the chicken broth into the crock. Stir well.
  3. Cover. Cook on Low 3 to 4 hours, or until the rice has absorbed much of the liquid.
  4. Stir in 2 more cups of the broth, 1⁄2 cup of the half-and-half, and sliced mushrooms. Stir well.
  5. Cover. Cook on Low 40 to 60 more minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and the rice is fully cooked.
  6. Stir in the remaining half-and-half, 1⁄2 cup grated cheese, butter, almonds, and salt. Fold together until well combined.
  7. Turn off the heat. Cover and let risotto stand 5 minutes.
  8. Stir lightly. If you’d like the risotto to be creamier, microwave 1 cup chicken broth on High for 1 1⁄2 minutes. Stir 1⁄4 cup of heated broth into the risotto in crock. Continue adding broth, 1⁄4 cup at a time, until the risotto reaches the consistency you like.
  9. Sprinkle risotto with additional grated cheese, and serve.
Recipe Notes

Simple Swaps For more flavor: Stir in 1⁄2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper in Step 6. Substitute 1⁄2 pound of fresh asparagus, sliced into 1-inch-long pieces, for mushrooms. Make It Gluten-free If you’re using store-bought chicken broth, check the label to ensure that it’s gluten-free. Grate your own cheese. Some store-bought grated cheeses are bulked up with ingredients that may contain gluten. Make It for Picky Eaters Chop the mushrooms so they’re less noticeable. Omit the almonds. You can always pass a bowl of slivered almonds so that others can add them if they wish. Adding them at the table works well since you want the nuts to keep their crunch. Substitute a milder cheese, such as mozzarella or a mild Cheddar.