Mushroom Monday: Mushroom Risotto with Steamed Mushroom Kale

I had a brilliant thought: be the Next Iron Chef. No, not really. But I liked the idea of an item becoming the theme of my meal, and so I decided to make mushroom Parmesan risotto with mushroom steamed kale.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup uncooked risotto/aborro rice 
  • 1 quart mushroom broth
  • 4 or 5 mushrooms
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups of uncooked kale
  • a sprig of rosemary (optional)


  • heat olive oil in large sautéing pan. (You don’t want a growing risotto monster on your hands.)
  • Add risotto and let brown on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add minced garlic, stir and immediately begin to gradually add mushroom broth.
  • Here’s the pain of this dish. Risotto is such an attention hog. It demands your attention for 20-30 minutes….but keep in mind the delicious result!
  • About 20 minutes into the risotto cooking, put risotto on medium-low to low. (It can deal for five minutes.) Add water to another pot- this will be for the kale/mushroom combo.
  • Wash kale and mushrooms. Cut mushrooms into smaller pieces.
  • Once water is boiling in second pot, add kale, mushrooms and rosemary. Cover, reduce to medium-low heat. This will cook next to the now attention starved risotto for ten minutes.
  • Check on the steaming kale and mushrooms about five minutes in, just to make sure you don’t have it on too high of a heat setting.
  • Once the risotto is at an al dente texture, you’re done! Drain kale and mushrooms. Serve together and add as much Parmesan cheese as you like. Enjoy the mushroomy goodness.
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My mushroom broth- bought at Whole Foods!

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Mushrooms and kale, looking very artistically towards the final product

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The final result- mushroomy goodness

The final result- mushroomy goodness

One thought on “Mushroom Monday: Mushroom Risotto with Steamed Mushroom Kale

  1. Marguerite says:

    The mushroom and rosemary combo is wonderful. Thanks for a great recipe. Trying it just in time for Lent!

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