Monday, January 19, 2009

Attention Bacon Lovers!! Mushroom Risotto with Bacon and Smoked Gouda

Risotto is my favorite thing to cook. I have many risotto recipes in this blog, and love playing with new flavors.

Last week I made a
Mushroom-Potato-Smoked Gouda Chowder that I originally found in Elly's blog. I loved the flavors so much that I decided to use them as my inspiration for tonight's risotto - Mushroom Risotto with Bacon and Smoked Gouda. This recipe is my own creation.

  • 2 slices bacon; I used applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 tbsp evoo
  • 1 sm onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups assorted mushrooms, chopped; I used baby bellas and shiitakes
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • Approximately 1/2 c shredded smoked Gouda cheese


  • Heat a large sauce/saute pan.
  • Add bacon and cook until crisp.
  • Remove bacon from pan and remove all but 1 tbsp of the grease.
  • Add 1 tbsp evoo to the pan.
  • Add onions and garlic, saute for 1 min.
  • Add mushrooms, saute 1 min.
  • At this point the bottom of my pan was really brown, so I decided to deglaze it before adding the rice. I deglazed it with about 2 tbsp white wine.
  • Add rice and stir to coat.
  • Add the rest of the white wine and stir until absorbed.
  • Add warm broth, 1-2 ladles at a time, stirring until absorbed. Continue adding broth until the rice is tender, but not mushy. This process of adding the broth takes me anywhere from 17-25 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Add cheese and stir. Serve immediately.

Surprisingly, even though there is so much sodium in the bacon, I still needed to add some salt to brighten up the overall flavor of the risotto a bit.

Bacony goodness!!! If you love bacon (and I don't know how you can't) and risotto, you will love this dish.

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  1. Yummmmm looks so good! I love bacon AND mushrooms AND risotto AND gouda. Fab combo.

  2. What a totally fabulous combination of flavors and ingredients! I have to make this. Very soon!

  3. I love bacon...and I love smoked gouda even more. This looks fabulous!

  4. I really need to experiment more with risotto since we love it so much. I love the flavors you combined - makes it even more comforting!

  5. Looks delicious and that combo of flavors sounds outstanding!

  6. I made this tonight and it is awesome!! I am in love with your blog. I can't tell you how many recipes of yours I have made and just fell in love with!

  7. bakingblonde - thank you so much! Now if only I could bake like you...

  8. That looks wonderful! I love your risotto recipes, it is such a comfort food.

  9. I love risotto but have not made it yet. I'm planning to make it very soon so I am very pleased I found your blog. This one imparticular looks delicious! Thanks!