Mushroom Risotto

Make your own creamy Mushroom Risotto in just 20 minutes, with mushrooms and brown rice simmered in broth with garlic, basil and Parmesan.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 3 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 12 mins (+5 mins standing time)
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 3 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 12 mins (+5 mins standing time)
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 can (4 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups Minute® Brown Rice
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • This creamy Mushroom Risotto recipe, made with Minute® Instant Brown Rice, is quicker to prepare than traditional risotto but has a similar flavor. Serve it as a side dish alongside your favorite lean meat and a simple green salad.

  • Step 1
    Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add mushrooms, dried basil and garlic powder and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add broth and water and bring to a boil.

    Step 2
    Add rice; cover. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.

    Step 3
    Stir in Parmesan cheese.

    Recipe Tips
    If you want to incorporate more vegetables into this dish, add 1 cup of frozen peas to the broth and mushroom mixture.

    For a vegetarian version of this dish, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

Speedy Risotto

Risotto may be considered slow-cooked, Italian comfort food, but you can make your own creamy and flavorful quick risotto at home! It doesn’t have to take an eternity to make, especially when you make it with Minute® Instant Brown Rice, which cooks up in just 10 minutes.

Fewer Ingredients, Same Great Flavor

If you’ve never made risotto before, we’ll give you a few tips on how to make it your best yet, in just 20 minutes! First, start out by heating the butter in your saucepan. When it begins to melt, add in the sliced mushrooms to cook in the butter for a minute or two. Cooking these ingredients beforehand adds extra flavor to the water and the rice. When the mushrooms are beginning to cook, toss in the seasonings and, after another minute, mix in the broth and water. Heat until it boils and stir in the brown rice and cook. Finally, stir in the Parmesan for a cheesy topping.

If desired, feel free to add some extra butter to the starting mixture, a good risotto is creamy and thick in texture. This is a key part of risotto; the flavors of the other ingredients should be infused into the grains. To add a little extra flavor to this dish, sauté a finely chopped onion and minced garlic clove in the melted butter for a few minutes before adding the mushrooms.

Buon Appetito!

Add a rich flavor to your Italian rice dish by cooking the rice in chicken or beef broth. Add some sliced cherry tomatoes to the top of this dish to complement the mushrooms and to complete the Italian theme of this dish. Serve as a side dish or as a hearty main dish topped with a bit of cooked shredded chicken or other protein of choice.

Tip: Minute® Rice has a wide variety of meal options for any occasion, no matter your skill level in the kitchen! If you need a few meal options throughout the week to accompany this tasty option, try our Ready to Serve Rice. Prepare meals in the microwave starting with an egg and rice recipe or Cheesy Broccoli Alfredo Rice.

Other Meal Inspiration

If you’re looking for something with more of a Latin American flavor, take a look at this Mexican rice in a box.

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