WILD MUSHROOM, PANCETTA AND PEA RISOTTO

WILD MUSHROOM, PANCETTA AND PEA RISOTTO

TIME: 45 MINUTES

YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

GF (USING HOMEMADE CHICKEN STOCK, THIS PAGE)

If you love risotto, that is reason alone to own an electric pressure cooker, because it makes a rather labor-intensive dish extremely fast and simple. Here, the risotto is flavored with browned mushrooms, pancetta, and sweet green peas. If you can’t get good wild (also called exotic) mushrooms, use any mushroom that’s available to you. The risotto will still be delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced

8 ounces wild or exotic mushrooms, such as maitake, chanterelles, oyster mushrooms, or black trumpets, chopped

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

About 3½ to 3¾ cups chicken stock, preferably homemade (this page)

1½ cups Arborio rice

1¾ teaspoons kosher salt

¼ cup dry white wine

½ cup fresh or frozen peas, thawed if frozen

Chopped fresh chives or parsley, for serving

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Using the sauté function, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the pressure cooker. Add the pancetta and cook until golden and crisp, 7 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  2. Add the mushrooms to the pot and sauté until they’ve released their liquid and are just browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mushrooms and garlic to a 4-cup measuring cup, and then add enough stock to make 4 cups.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the pressure cooker, stir in the rice and salt, and cook until the rice is lightly toasted, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook until it has evaporated, about 1 minute. Stir in the mushroom stock mixture and half of the cooked pancetta. Cover and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  4. Release the pressure manually. Then stir in the peas and continue stirring until the risotto is creamy and the peas are cooked, about 2 minutes. Taste, adjust the seasonings if necessary, and sprinkle with the reserved crispy pancetta, chives, and Parmesan before serving.
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