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Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Hazelnuts

Pasta & Side Dishes

Serves 4

Using shiitake and porcini mushrooms combined with roasted hazelnuts, this classic risotto has an earthy, autumnal flavor that is just perfect for a Fall evening. Try it with one of our Pinot Noirs.


  • ½ cup hazelnuts, skins removed preferably
  • ½ cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup dried porcini mushrooms
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • ⅓ cup cream or half-and-half
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup white onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • ½ cup Ferrari Carano Fumé Blanc
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. hazelnut oil (optional)
  • 4 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts on a baking tray. Bake until lightly browned. Do not let burn. Set aside to cool.

Bring 1 cup of the chicken broth to a boil. Add dried porcini mushrooms, cover and let steep. When porcini are soft, remove from broth and chop separately and set aside. Add the chicken/mushroom broth to your remaining broth and gently heat.

In small sauté pan, add 2 tbsp. of olive oil over medium-high heat and add both types of mushrooms to pan. Cook mushrooms until tender. Add salt and pepper, cream and parsley, stir to reduce a little, then set aside.

Roughly chop nuts. In large, wide, heavy saucepan, heat remaining olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and half of the nuts, stir in rice and cook until rice is translucent. Add wine and let absorb. Begin adding broth one ladle at a time, each time stirring to reduce liquid. Once rice is tender and firm to the bite, stir in half of the mushrooms, then add 1½ tsp. of hazelnut oil, butter and 2 tbsp. of the cheese. Stir to combine. Adjust salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, stir together remaining mushrooms and remaining hazelnuts. Add remaining hazelnut oil. Remove risotto to a serving platter, top risotto with mushroom mixture and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley and remaining Parmesan cheese.