Monday, 5 May 2014

Mushroom and Butter Bean Risotto

This was a last minute, "Help we've got home late, what AM I going to cook!!" recipe. It had to suit everyone here so it's Dairy free, Wheat free, Gluten free, Vegan, Nut free, Soya free and was really quick and easy to make.

We make risottos all the time, great for using up odds and ends. I had the forethought to grab a bowl and photograph it so I could share!

  • 1-2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 onion if you have it
  • garlic - either pre-chopped (Waitrose do this in a jar!) or a clove, crushed.
  • 350g Arborio Rice if you have it (I didn't, it is long grain in this but Arborio or Carnaroli would be much "creamier".
  • 1 litre stock 
  • 3 large field mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 leeks, chopped and par boiled
  • 1 tin of butter beans
  • 1/2 carton of rice cream or Oatly cream (if tolerated but not suitable for coeliacs)
  • small amount of fennel (don't know why, it took my fancy!)
  • salt and pepper 
Serves 4,  I was cooking for 5 but two were smaller eaters so you could adjust this accordingly.

  • Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 5 mins. 
  • Add the chopped mushrooms and rice fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the stock and cook, stirring regularly, for 15 mins or so.
  • Meanwhile cook the leeks, when starting to soften add these in too.
  • Add in the beans and the rice cream, keep stirring!
  • Add the salt and pepper, parsley or fennel, and more water if necessary.
  • After another 5 mins with all combined should be cooked through with little excess fluid.
Serve with salad, a garnish or other veg, or just as it is! This is so easy and quick to make, you could easily add or subtract different veg you would like, we often do peas and bacon.

This post is entered for the Betta Living Vegetarian Recipe competition

As a variation, and if you wanted a meaty option you could try this - with veg and bacon instead.


  1. This sounds great. I love risotto and when my husband sitll lived in Germany, we would cook it often (it's sold as "milk rice" there and much cheaper than the types of rice we'd use in the Netherlands for it). I would substract the fennel but otherwise your recipe seems very tasty.

  2. This recipe has most of my favourite foods in it! I could eat butter beans every day and never get bored! I'm going to get the mister to ale this for me!

  3. I love risotto, and this recipe sounds fab, we are veggies so perfect for us! Shall bookmark it for future reference.

  4. We love risotto and would take on board your recommendation of adding bacon 'cos we love that as well!

  5. I can almost smell the yumminess coming off the page! I love risotto and it really is so easy to make isn't it?

  6. I'm big into risotto and with being a vegetarian this recipe is going into my list of things to make pretty soon. I love butter beans too, a bean that is not given the hooray it deserves :)

  7. Great recipe, I am sure my little one would love it (and so would I!). I will give it a go soon. Mel

  8. Great recipe - interested in the rice/oatly cream. Do you find that better than coconut cream/milk? My son can't have dairy/soya/eggs so we do a lot of cooking with milk substitutes. Thanks for this.

    1. I use coconut cream in some recipes - usually the curries or sweeter things and rice cream the rest of the time. My daughter doesn't tolerate the patly unfortunately. Rice cream is rather hard to source though! Coconut cream would work fine :)

  9. This sounds incredible and something I can make when I have tons of mushrooms in the house - I'm the only one that likes them so sometimes they get wasted :'(

  10. I love all the ingredients so this would be yummy to me x

  11. Some of my favourite healthy recipes are vegan, dairy free and gluten free - I bet this is really tasty!

  12. we love risotto, never made it with butter beans though!

  13. Both my kids love risotto I'll have to try this

  14. Yum that sounds lovely and risotto is also one of those dishes that all of mine will eat. I'm so in love with butter beans at the moment too, that's a great idea to add them.

  15. Lovely ingredients mixed into your risotto.
    Just goes to show that there are so many great meat free recipes put there!
    Model mummy x

  16. This looks yummy. I've never been brave enough to try risotto- but with these ingredients it sounds fab.

  17. The last risotto I made was a bit of a failure, but as I love butter beans and fennel and also risotto, I can see I need to try again. Sounds yum.

  18. Mmmm...I adore Risotto and veggie based dishes, so this would be a hit with me for sure :-)

  19. The entire C-household loves butterbeans, so this is something that will go down very well indeed!

  20. We love butter beans. Did you know that you can get chopped garlic, chilli and ginger in cubes in the freezer department

  21. Hubby would love this, sadly not a fan of mushrooms myself

  22. This recipe looks fab. I adore mushrooms so his recipe is right up my street x

  23. We love mushroom risotto but I've never added butterbeans. Will have to give it a go!

  24. I love risotto and all of these ingredients sound super tasty! Can't wait to try it at home. x

  25. Phwoar! Cannot beat risotto and this looks like an inspired combination *goes to have a rummage through kitchen cupboards*

  26. This sounds absolutely lovely. I have recently started to enjoy butter beans

  27. This looks great. We are big fans of risotto but I've never thought about putting beans in one. Great idea!


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