Red Wine Risotto with Beef & Mushrooms

Red Wine Risotto

This is a great way to use leftover red wine – if you ever have it….
It’s not necessary to add butter at the end (as some chefs recommend) to make it creamy – it will be creamy if you don’t overcook it and if you add sufficient broth.


  • 2/3 cup (4.2oz, 125gr) Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) red wine
  • 2 1/4 cups (18oz, 540ml) beef broth
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) Parmesan cheese – freshly grated
  • Condimenti
  • 6oz (180gr) ground beef
  • 6oz (180gr) cremini mushrooms, trimmed, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, trimmed, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbs olive oil


  • Heat beef broth and keep hot over low heat.
  • In medium saucepan heat 1 tbs oil over medium heat.
  • Add 1/2 onion and sauté until transparent.
  • Add rice and sauté stirring, for 2 – 3 minutes until rice has white center.
  • Add wine and stir.
  • Start condimenti.
  • When wine is almost absorbed add a 1/3 cup of broth, stir.
  • When broth is almost absorbed add another 1/3 cup and continue adding 1/3 cup at a time and stirring.
  • Before the last 1/3 cup taste a few kernels of rice.  They should be just ‘al dente’ – slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked.
  • If more broth is needed add it 1/6 cup at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed.
  • At this point risotto will be thick but not stiff – there will still be visible liquid and it will not hold its shape on a plate.
  • Stir in the Parmesan and condimenti, pour into a bowl or risotto platter and serve immediately.
  • It will continue to absorb liquid and the leftovers (if any) will be very stiff.
  • Condimenti
  • Sauté onion and carrot in 1 tsp oil over medium heat until tender
  • Add beef, breaking it up as it browns.
  • Add mushrooms, paprika, reduce heat, and let cook for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Keep warm until needed.


It’s not necessary to stir constantly, just give it a good stir often. You could substitute chopped, leftover roast beef for the ground beef.


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