This is a delicious, healthy and very easy dish to make. Such an infrequent grouping of adjectives. I love making my quinoa risotto , especially during the week when I’m looking to prepare something quickly after a long day at the office but not willing to compromise on the flavor. This mushroom quinoa risotto really delivers. This starts with a base of sweet leeks which is layered with an assortment of wild mushrooms and then quinoa. Red chili flakes add the right under note of heat and parmesan the proper balance of saltiness. The result is a dish that rivals the best risotto. Even better than risotto is that warmed leftovers are just as good the next time!
From by the bay, wishing you healthy quinoa food memories!
Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
2 cups quinoa, rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 8-ounce package sliced crimini (baby bella) mushrooms
6 ounces fresh assorted mushrooms, stemmed, sliced
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced leeks, cleaned well
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
2 to 3 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white marsala wine
1 piece parmesan rind ( 2″x 3″ x 1/2″ approximately)
Grated Parmesan cheese
Put the butter and oil in a large, deep skillet or saucepan over medium heat. When it is hot, add the fresh mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the leeks and cook until they soften slightly, about 2 minutes.
Add the quinoa, and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s glossy and coated with butter and oil. Sprinkle with chili flakes, thyme, salt and pepper, and then add the parmesan rind, broth and wine. Continue to cook, stirring frequently and adding stock as necessary; the mixture should be neither soupy nor dry. Begin tasting the quinoa about 20 minutes after you added it; you want it to be tender but not mushy and to have released some of its starch. Once it reaches that stage, after about 25 minutes, remove the rind and stir in some grated parmesan cheese, along with a little more butter or oil if you like. Stir until the cheeses melt; taste and adjust the seasoning, and serve.