There is no exact recipe here. Every recipe I find on the Internet is subtly different. So here's an amalgamation of recipes that I've found and that works well.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- One medium to large onion, minced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 3/4 cups arborio rice
- 6 cups boiling broth (chicken, vegetable, mushroom, etc.)
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
Cook the onion in the olive oil until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the rice, and coat it until the cores become visible. Add a laddle-full of broth to the rice and cook until the broth is absorbed. Keep doing this until the broth is all absorbed (about 20-30 minutes). Add the cheese, salt and pepper at the end to taste.
Fry about 2 cups of chopped mushrooms in the olive oil after the onion but before the garlic. Add rice and continue as before.
If you use dried porcini mushrooms, then soak them in the hot broth beforehand. Chop them up and add them to the rest of your mushrooms when you fry them.
Spinach and Pea Risotto
Make basic risotto and add frozen peas and frozen whole leaf spinach near the end.