Sometimes, all you need is comfort food. But who says comfort food can’t be fancy? this Mushroom Lemon Risotti Recipe is there to hit the spot.

The recipe serves 6 to 8 people.


Risotto base:

To finish off the risotto:

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 50g butter, cut into cubes
  • 60g Parmesan, finely grated


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 500g mixed cultivated mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

To serve: Parmesan shavings, micro herbs and lemon zest


  1. Keep mushroom stock warm in a pot on the stove.

For the risotto base:

  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large pot. Add onion and a pinch of salt and cook until the onion is very soft. Add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add rice and stir well. Toast the rice until the grains are translucent around the edges and begin to brown. Add wine and stir until wine is completely absorbed.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, and ladle in hot mushroom stock, stirring constantly and allowing liquid to absorb fully before adding more. Keep adding stock until the rice is creamy but remains al dente. Adjust seasoning.
  4. Switch off the heat. Stir through the lemon zest. Add the final butter and parmesan.
  5. Stir quickly and then place the lid on the pot and leave until serving.

For the mushrooms:

  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook, tossing occasionally, until golden browned and tender.
  3. Add thyme, garlic, and butter and cook until garlic softens and butter is golden brown.
  4. Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Toss to coat and discard the thyme sprigs.
  5. Divide risotto among bowls.
  6. Top each with a few spoonfuls of the mushroom mixture.
  7. Serve with micro herbs, an extra grating of lemon zest and Parmesan.

Mushroom Lemon Risotto Recipe Notes

This Mushroom Lemon Risotto Recipe is courtesy of the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), a group of farmers who grow and love mushrooms.

They share their passion by promoting all varieties of mushrooms, creating unique recipes that showcase the many flavour profiles of mushrooms, and engaging in charity campaigns that make the world a better place.

Why mushrooms?

These powerful little foods are packed with nutrients and fibres, have very few calories, and are an excellent source of plant protein. If spiced right, they even make a great meat replacement!

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