Swiss Chard and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Swiss Chard and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
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Swiss Chard and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Will Budiaman

Swiss Chard and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

True, anything with a cup of grated Grana Padano is going to taste good. But, to me, at least, that's a great excuse to indulge in some risotto, and this risotto does indeed have a cup of grated Grana in it. That's not all that's in it, though — delicate shiitake mushrooms and wilted Swiss chard are in the mix as well, and a topping of crisp-tender chopped chard stems lend a little crunch and a ton of visual appeal. After all, you eat with your eyes, too.

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Bring the vegetable stock to a simmer in a medium-sized pot. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large pot over low heat and add the shallot and garlic. Cook until golden brown, about 6-7 minutes.

Add the rice and cook until slightly colored, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and add the wine. Stir until just absorbed. Add the mushrooms and begin adding the vegetable broth ½ cup at a time, stirring until just absorbed before adding the next ½ cup. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, as you add the broth. Continue until the rice is just cooked, about 18 minutes, and add a final ½ cup broth before removing from the heat. (You may not need all of the vegetable broth.) Add the cheese.

Remove the ribs from the chard and chop them finely. Cut the leaves into ribbons and heat the 1 tablespoon of the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the leaves and cook until wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Mix the leaves into the risotto.

Melt the remaining butter in the same sauté pan over medium heat and add the stems. Cook until crisp tender, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and transfer to a bowl.

To serve, divide the risotto among bowls and top with the chard stems and extra-virgin olive oil, if using.


Calories per serving:

441 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 10g 16%
  • Carbs 68g 23%
  • Saturated 6g 31%
  • Fiber 4g 17%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 3g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 14g 28%
  • Cholesterol 26mg 9%
  • Sodium 474mg 20%
  • Calcium 288mg 29%
  • Magnesium 99mg 25%
  • Potassium 488mg 14%
  • Iron 5mg 28%
  • Zinc 2mg 13%
  • Phosphorus 274mg 39%
  • Vitamin A 321µg 36%
  • Vitamin C 25mg 42%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 32%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 13%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 18%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 193µg 48%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 4%
  • Vitamin D 10IU 3%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 632µg 790%
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