Shiitake Mushroom Blue Cheese Risotto

Shiitake Mushroom Blue Cheese Risotto

This is a super simple risotto recipe made with shiitake mushrooms, spinach and blue cheese. So delicious, it's Italian comfort food at it's best!
Course Main Course
Category Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 543 kcal
Autor elle


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice (300 g)
  • ½ cup dry white wine (125 ml)
  • 5 cups vegetable broth, heated (1,25 L)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 200 g fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed and sliced
  • 100 g blue cheese (I like Roquefort, but Gorgonzola is also a nice choice)
  • 20 g freshly grated parmesan
  • a few generous handfuls of baby spinach
  • Juice of ½ lemon (optional)
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. In a large non-stick pot (or wok) heat the olive oil over medium to medium-high heat, add the shallots, garlic and thyme. Cook until shallots softened, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and continue to cook, stirring to combine, for about 1-2 minutes. Add the white wine and cook until the white wine is absorbed. Then add the broth one ladle full or cup at a time, stirring often, until it is absorbed each time before adding the next cup.
  3. Meanwhile, add one tablespoon of butter to a large heavy-bottomed skillet set over medium-high heat. When melted, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then transfer to a plate and set aside.
  4. Cook the rice until it is al dente and then stir in the spinach and mushrooms. Finally crumble in the blue cheese and add the parmesan, stir through to melt.
  5. Taste and if desired add the lemon juice (this is completely optional and a matter of personal taste). Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Serve immediately and garnish with a little extra blue cheese crumbled over the top and enjoy!