Vegan Mushroom Risotto Recipe | Easy + gluten-free | Two Spoons (2024)

Dec 4, 2019(Last updated Oct 18, 2023)by Hannah Sunderani

Vegan Mushroom Risotto


Looking for a cozy dinner recipe to get you through these cold winter days? I’ve got you covered with this dreamy and Creamy Vegan Mushroom Risotto. With just 10 ingredients and under 40 minutes to make from start to finish, this risotto can be yours.

This recipe is so creamy and comforting. It’s simple enough to make for a mid-week dinner, yet decadent enough for entertaining. And vegan or not, everyone will love thissatiating bowl.

The risotto is rich, thick and creamy, with garlicky and cheesy flavour. Topped with pan-fried mushrooms cooked in balsamic vinegar really brings the umami to this dish.

Ya’ll know I love my cozy mushroom dishes, like my Creamy Vegan Mushroom Pasta, Mushroom Stroganoff and Cream of Mushroom Soup. Well, this mushroom risotto is equally as comforting.

All-in-all, this is an unforgettable recipe that you’ll have on repeat. Serve as your main dish, and watch it go down all too easy.

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“Such a simple and delicious recipe! Really makes cooking risotto a lot less intimidating, especially with the small number of ingredients this requires. ”-Glory

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Vegan Mushroom Risotto Recipe

The ingredients

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The ingredients for this recipe are simple and straight forward. And you might already have them in your pantry/fridge.

For this risotto you will need:

  • onion
  • garlic
  • coconut oil
  • sea salt
  • arborio rice
  • vegetable broth
  • nutritional yeast
  • mushrooms
  • balsamic vinegar
  • parsley, to sprinkle

As you can see, the ingredients are simple and straight forward. With nothing finicky or strange, which is why I have given it my skeptic stamp of approval.

What is nutritional yeast?

The only ingredient you might not be familiar with in this recipe is nutritional yeast. Now, if you’re new to vegan cooking than say hello to magical vegan staple!

Nutritional yeast is used a lot in vegan cooking to bring cheesy umami flavour to dishes. You can enjoy it sprinkled on popocorn and avocado toast, or use it to make veganAlfredo, Mac and cheese and cashew based cheeses. And of course, this vegan mushroom risotto.

Certainly, it’s a pantry must-have for a plant-based diet. But even the non-vegans can appreciate just how tasty this seasoning is. In fact, Bon Appetit coined nutritional yeast as “nature’s cheeto dust.”

In addition, we can feel good about adding nutritional yeast to our diet, because it’s really healthy. Turns out, nutritional yeast is given its name for the exact reason that it’s full of protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

How to make mushroom risotto

Contrary to popular belief, making risotto is actually really easy and straight-forward!

This mushroom risotto begins by sautéing onion and garlic, then adding arborio rice and pouring in vegetable broth in batches as it thickens.

Really, it’s the fact that we need to stir the risotto often, and keep a close watch that’s the hardest part about making risotto. But really, that’s not a hard task to do.

As for the mushrooms, we will cook this in a separate skillet with a bit of oil, sea salt and balsamic. You can do this at the same time your rice is cooking. It’s easy to watch over the two, and stir as needed.

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Tips for this recipe

In fact, my top trick to getting perfect risotto is to keep stirring!

Stirring the rice helps to release the starches, which results in a creamier risotto. If you don’t stir, the rice will likely become a thick solid mixture. And likely will bind to the bottom of the pot. We don’t want that!

So, if I can give you any advice for making this risotto, it’s to keep a close watch, and stir often.

As for what type of rice to use for making risotto? There are three types of recommended rice, and my favourite is arborio. It’s starchy and creamy, and relatively easy to find at most generic grocery stores. I also like to use it to make rice pudding.

Other recipes you might like

If you’re digging this recipe, you might also like these comforting dishes:

  • Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Mushroom and Spinach
  • Healthy Balsamic Mushrooms
  • Eggplant and Lentil Meatballs
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So there we have it, a very simple Vegan Mushroom Risotto recipe that’s creamy, comforting and full of umami flavour. It’s easy to make, with just 10 ingredients and minimal effort.

Certainly, anyone can make this easy risotto. Enjoy as a comforting dinner recipe with your loved ones, or serve for a night of vegan entertaining. This recipe is sure to please all eaters.

And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Risotto

5 from 20 votes

By Hannah Sunderani

This rich and creamy vegan risotto brings all the umami flavour. It’s simple enough to make for a mid-week dinner, yet decadent enough for entertaining.

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Prep Time 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes minutes

Total Time 55 minutes minutes

Serves 6 people


For the risotto:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup parsley , chopped

For the balsamic mushrooms:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 16 oz cremini mushrooms (2 boxes), sliced
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • Add the coconut oil to a large pot with the onion, garlic, and sea salt. Bring to medium heat and cook stirring often until softened, 10 minutes.

  • Pour in the arborio rice and toast until the grains become lightly perfumed, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the vegetable broth, starting with 2 cups, and adding more in splashes as it thickens. (I find 5 cups total to be the perfect amount!). Cook stirring often until the risotto is soft and pleasantly chewy, 20-30 minutes. Add the nutritional yeast and stir to combine.

  • While the risotto is cooking, make the Balsamic Mushrooms: Add the coconut oil to a large skillet with the sliced mushrooms and sea salt. Bring to medium heat. Cook the mushrooms until beautifully browned and the liquid is almost entirely reduced, 12 minutes. Then reduce heat to low and pour in the balsamic vinegar. Stir and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  • Add the balsamic mushrooms to the cooked risotto. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and stir everything to combine. Serve the risotto in bowls.

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If you prefer to make this recipe a one-pot recipe: start by first cooking the balsamic mushrooms (Step 4) in the large pot. When ready, remove the mushrooms from the pot and set aside. Use the pot to cook the risotto as instructed in Step 1 and 2.

This method increases the cooking time as you’re not doing two things at once. But it makes for less clean up! The choice is yours 🙂

Recipe will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Store in an air-tight container. You can also freeze this recipe. Let thaw before reheating.


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Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 919mg | Potassium: 473mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g


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    Can you eat risotto if you have celiac disease? ›

    Yes, risotto made with traditional Arborio rice is wheat-free and gluten-free. However, it's crucial to check for additional ingredients like broth or additives that could contain wheat in certain recipes or packaged versions.

    Why isn t risotto gluten-free? ›

    Risotto begins with rice, which is naturally gluten-free but at a risk for cross-contact because it can be grown, produced, packaged and shipped near other gluten-containing grains.

    Is risotto a rice or pasta? ›

    Although risotto shares similarities with Italian pasta dishes and is often served in the same course, it is not a pasta. Risotto is always made with starchy rice, which, unlike most pastas, is naturally gluten-free. Pasta is also starchy but is made from wheat and contains large amounts of gluten.

    Does risotto have gluten? ›

    Most experts claim that it's gluten-free, but there's always a chance that it contains gluten. While rice is 100 percent gluten-free, you can't always count on risotto being gluten-free. First, risotto is cooked in a broth. Broth can contain traces of gluten, often in the form of yeast extract.

    Does eating gluten make celiac worse? ›

    If you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response to the gluten protein in your small intestine. Over time, this reaction damages your small intestine's lining and prevents it from absorbing nutrients, a condition called malabsorption.

    Does gluten trigger thyroid? ›

    Numerous studies show a strong link between gluten intolerance and Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland, causing hypothyroidism. This is because gluten has a molecular structure that closely resembles thyroid tissue — gluten sensitivity triggers an attack on the thyroid gland.

    Why is risotto unhealthy? ›

    Risotto contains carbohydrates, which are necessary to fuel the body. But, some recipes are high in saturated fat because of the cheese and butter that is used to prepare the dish. Risotto can also be high in sodium. Adding vegetables and a lean protein helps give risotto a more balanced nutritional profile.

    Can celiacs eat Arborio rice? ›

    If you follow a gluten-free diet due to allergies, intolerances, or personal preferences, you're in luck when it comes to risotto – Arborio rice is naturally gluten-free. However, we'll discuss some other considerations for gluten-free eaters when making risotto later in this post.

    Is Trader Joe's mushroom risotto gluten-free? ›

    Is it Gluten Free? No.

    Is risotto healthier than rice? ›

    Due to the higher fiber content in Arborio rice versus white rice, risotto will have more health benefits, including regulation of cholesterol and positive impacts on heart health.

    Can you use orzo instead of risotto? ›

    First, you'll swap rice (risotto recipes usually call for arborio or carnaroli varieties) for orzo, a rice-shaped pasta. You'll get the same luscious consistency thanks to the starch released when stirring pasta, but in a fraction of the total cook time.

    Is risotto and orzo the same thing? ›

    Grain type: Perhaps the most significant difference between orzo and risotto is the type of grain used to make them. Orzo is a type of wheat pasta, and risotto is made with short-grain starchy arborio rice. Risotto is a dish unto itself, and orzo is a specific type of pasta that cooks can use to make various dishes.

    Is risotto rice inflammatory? ›

    All grains contain many anti-inflammatory compounds, B vitamins, protein and fibre. As risotto includes the main ingredient, rice, it also has some anti-inflammatory properties and various health benefits that help individuals maintain good health.

    Can rice cause celiac flare up? ›

    Rice is naturally gluten-free, so it's a good choice of grain for anyone who wants to avoid gluten due to celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or other reasons.

    What brand of risotto is gluten-free? ›

    If you want to make your own risotto, you can source genuine Arborio rice from either Lundberg or Roland Food, since both produce reliably gluten-free products (look for them online if you can't locate them in your local supermarket).


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