One Pot Mushroom and Thyme Risotto

This mushroom and thyme risotto is a classic and it’s perfect for a chilly evening.

I used Madeira instead of white wine in the initial stages of the recipe (mainly because I didn’t have any white wine in the house) and it worked really well with the earthiness of the mushrooms; it turned it into a much richer dish. Give it a go if you can.

You can use whatever mushrooms you can most easily get your hands on for this recipe. However, it’s tastiest if you use a variety of different types.

This takes 30 minutes and will serve 4.

Ingredients, Substitutions and Variations

  • Butter and olive oil – this recipe is best started with both butter and olive oil, BUT you can make it vegan if you omit the butter and the cheese.
  • Onion – use a large white or yellow onion.
  • Mushrooms – use any you like, however I find that the darker the outside of the mushroom, the better the flavour. For example, chestnut mushrooms work well. I like to use a nice selection of woodland mushrooms.
  • Arborio rice – arborio rice, or risotto rice, is an absolute necessity for this dish.
  • Madeira – as mentioned above, I used this in place of white wine and it gave the dish a whole other element. I’d really recommend using it, but you can switch for white wine if you need to.
  • Vegetable stock – or 1 litre water and a good vegetable stock cube.
  • Thyme – fresh thyme is best if you can get it, but you can use a tsp of dried thyme leaves if you can’t.
  • Parmesan – you can use a vegetarian or vegan alternative, or omit altogether.

Top Tips

  1. Butter and olive oil

    The reason for using butter and olive oil at the start is to really up the flavour. It’s a traditional way of making risottos.

  2. Take your time

    Don’t rush the adding of the stock. If you add it all at once, the dish will still be edible but the texture won’t be the same. Add it slowly.

  3. Leave it to rest

    The last step is leaving the mushroom and thyme risotto to rest for five minutes. It’s a really important step and you will notice the difference!

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One Pot Mushroom and Thyme Risotto

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Harriet Young
This classic mushroom and thyme risotto is such a comforting and easy dish to make!
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 10 g butter
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 500 g mushrooms
  • 350 g arborio rice
  • 1 small glass Madeira
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 small handful fresh thyme leaves
  • 80 g parmesan grated (or vegetarian alternative)


  • Peel and chop the onion. Melt the butter in a large casserole dish over a medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and tip in the onion. Stir and sizzle for 2 minutes.
  • Roughly slice the mushrooms and add to the dish. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the mushrooms have reduced in size. Add the rice and stir well.
  • Pour in the Madeira, stir and allow to reduce down. Begin adding the stock, a little at a time, stirring until the rice has absorbed the stock before adding more. Continue until all of the stock has been used and the rice is plump and tender.
  • Stir in the thyme, then turn off the heat. Add the remaining olive oil and the parmesan to the risotto (don’t stir it) and put the lid on the dish. Leave for 5 minutes, then stir well and serve.
Keyword mushroom, rice, risotto

5 responses to “One Pot Mushroom and Thyme Risotto”

  1. 5 stars
    Beautifully-flavored comfort food! The addition of Madeira wine is just lovely, thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    My risotto turned out perfect. We love mushrooms in our house and the combination of mushrooms with the Maderia was heavenly. Thank you for sharing,

  3. 5 stars
    One pot meals are the way to go. Love this risotto medley. thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    So creamy! Love the flavor of the Madeira in this!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this risotto for dinner last night and it was delicious! So flavorful and easy to make!

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