Vegan Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto

Fancy dried mushrooms combine with baby bellas and marinated artichokes to produce an earthy and tangy risotto more than capable of standing up to any traditional version. 

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/3 cup fancy dried mushrooms, diced (such as chanterelles and morels)
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 shallots, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry thymeI got a large bag of 'chef's blend' fancy dried mushrooms on amazon. It's great for adding umami depth to broths and sauces. 

A mushroom risotto is awesome with just humble mushrooms, but add some more exotic ones as well, and you've really got something. 

Normally I'll use tomato for acid in a risotto, but this time I went with artichokes. I love artichokes. They offer a unique flavor and texture that creates an entirely different risotto experience. I know there is a certa…

Best Vegan Italian Tomato and Mushroom Soup

My method for really good mushroom soup is to get the mushrooms very dark before you add anything else to the pot. Then deglaze the mushrooms with the wine.

Treating the mushrooms in this way gives them a depth that permeates the soup.

So these first few steps laid out below are very important to achieving the deep flavor that makes this soup so satisfying and craveable.

1 pint sliced white mushrooms, chopped small
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 can garbanzos, rinsed
1 can small red bean, rinsed
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
2 tbls sriracha
1/4 dry white wine
5 cups water
2 1/2 tbls olive oil

1 tbl salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps turmeric
2 tsps paprika
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps italian seasoning (oregano, rosemary, basil)

Why buy a pint of sliced mushrooms only to chop them smaller? There are a lot more sliced mushrooms in a pint than there are whole mushrooms in a pint. You could also use 2 pints of whole mushrooms.

Add your mushrooms to a cold stock pot and add 2 tsps of the salt. Bring the pot up to medium high heat and allow the mushrooms to cook down over the dry heat. They will release some liquid into the pot. This is good.

After the mushrooms have been cooking for a few minutes and are making a lot of noise add in the olive oil. Stir to coat the mushrooms in the oil and continue sauteing until nicely browned, about 5-7 minutes. Deglaze with the wine and cook off the wine for 2 minutes.

Now that our mushrooms have received the proper pampering, we can begin layering in the other ingredients.

Add tomatoes, poblano, jalapeno and garlic and cook down for 5 minutes.

Add water, sriracha, spices, remaining salt.

Let simmer for 15 minutes.

Add both beans.

Continue to simmer for at 10 more minutes.