Wednesday, October 3, 2012

vegan risotto with truffle oil

You may not realise it, but I love any excuse to add truffle to a meal. I usually add it to a mushroom based dish and this one was not going to get away without a drizzle or two.

It’s such a whole sensory experience that compares to none other. When you sit down to a meal and smell the truffle, it’s like your first kiss, every time. Your heart skips a beat and you can’t wait to dig in, but you want to take it slow and savour every moment. What an analogy huh!

Risotto is an awesome one pot meal to spare you that laborious task of washing up too much. Adding to that beautiful experience.

I don’t know about you, but usually I find myself using heaps of pots and baking dishes when preparing dinner. It’s not so bad because I wash as I go – we’ve got a pretty tight kitchen so bench space is hard to come by. Actually, if I think about it, every night the dishes (bar the ones we eat on) are all washed up and stacked before we sit down to eat. Joel likes that because he is always on washing up duty but there is rarely much to do.


(serves 4)

1 tblsp olive oil
1 brown onion, finely sliced
200g button mushrooms, finely sliced
1 c arborio rice (risotto rice)
2 ½ c water
1 bunch asparagus, sliced into 1cm rounds
1 c peas, frozen or fresh
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: Tartufo Bianco (white truffle oil)

Heat oil in a heavy based saucepan, add onion and stir until softened.
Next add mushrooms and stir fry for approximately 5 minutes.
Add rice and mix for a further 2 minutes.
Then add 1 c of water to the pan and simmer until water has been absorbed, stirring minimally.
Next mix in the asparagus and add the remaining water.
Cover saucepan to cook through, approximately 15 minutes.
Finally add the peas stirring the risotto until the peas are cooked.
Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with truffle oil and serve.


  1. I'm sure this would be tasty, but I'm not sure it can properly be called risotto. You have to add the liquid gradually and stir pretty much constantly to release the starches; that's what gives a risotto its creamy consistency.

  2. But on the other hand, over stirring can break up the rice and you end up with glue! Your rice consistency looks perfect to me Jena!

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