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Mushroom and Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto

Wow your guests with this restaurant quality risotto recipe. This risotto is jam packed with mushroom and sun-dried tomato flavours, topped with a perfectly seasoned seared salmon fillet, and piled sky high with arugula dressed in truffle oil and Parmesan dusting.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 1 hour 5 minutes
Total 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields 4 to 6 plates
Author Emi


Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto

  • 6 to 8 cups chicken broth
  • 150 grams pancetta large diced
  • cups shallots or white onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 450 grams cremini mushrooms stems removed and sliced
  • 450 grams mixed wild mushrooms such as oyster, portobello, black trumpet, chanterelle, porcini, etc., chopped
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes sliced and reconstituted
  • ⅔ to ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup Parmesan freshly grated (plus more for garnish)
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper freshly ground (to taste)
  • 3 sprigs oregano fresh
  • 3 sprigs thyme fresh
  • 1 sprigs rosemary fresh, chopped


  • 4 (4 ounce/each) salmon fillet rinsed and dried
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper freshly ground (to taste)
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • ½ sprig fresh rosemary chopped


  • 4 handfuls arugula
  • truffle oil
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper freshly ground (to taste)
  • Parmesan freshly grated


  1. For the risotto: In a medium sized pot, bring chicken broth to a simmer over low heat.
  2. Heat a large (wide), deep pan over medium-high heat and add pancetta. Cook pancetta until golden brown and crispy, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pancetta from the pan and place in a bowl for later use.
  3. In the same pan, add shallots and garlic. Sauté until soften and a golden colours starts to develop, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add mushrooms to the pan and sauté for another 10 minutes until the mushrooms have softened. If needed, add a pat of butter to the pan. Remove the shallots, garlic, and mushrooms from the pan and place in a bowl for later use.
  4. Add rice to the pan and stir to coat with the remaining oil. Toast the rice for about 2 minutes. Add sun-dried tomatoes and wine to the pan, stir to combine and bring to a boil. Let the wine reduce by half, about 3 minutes.
  5. Using a 1 cup ladle, add the broth to the rice and stir continuously until the broth is absorbed. Add another ladleful of broth, stir, and repeat until the the broth is absorbed and the rice soft but still chewy. This should take 25 minutes or more.
  6. Stir in butter, Parmesan, salt and pepper (to taste), oregano, thyme, rosemary, and the reserved pancetta and mushroom mixture. Turn off the heat and prepare the salmon.

  7. For the salmon: In a large frying pan, oil and heat the pan on medium high heat. Place the salmon fillets skin side down and season with salt, pepper, and remaining fresh herbs. Cook for about 4 minutes uncovered, cover for a remaining 3 to 4 minutes. The salmon is ready when it feels firm to touch and the skin is crispy. (Note: If desired, the skin can be removed prior to serving.)
  8. For the garnish: Place arugula in a medium size bowl, drizzle lightly with truffle oil, season with salt and pepper.
  9. To plate: Place a generous amount of risotto in the middle of a plate and gently flatten the mound. Place salmon on top of the risotto and top with seasoned arugula. Freshly grate Parmesan on top. Repeat for remaining 3 plates. (Note: Depending on size of risotto serving there may be enough for 2 more servings.)
  10. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

- The amount of salmon and arugula required depends on how large each risotto portion is. For the recipe ingredients/instructions it provides directions for 4 servings.
- Use a wide sauce pan when cooking risotto. A larger surface area is desired so the liquid can evaporate.
- Add the broth in a ladle at a time and stir to let the liquid evaporate. Don't pour all of the broth in at once, depending on the rice you use and how quickly the liquid evaporates you may end up not needing all of the broth or needing more.
- When stirring, make sure to not break the rice grains. The objective is to stir the rice gently so the natural starch is released.
- Don't hesitate to taste the rice often to check for doneness. Just like pasta you want the rice to be al dente, not a mashed up gluey mess!
- If you don't have truffle oil or truffle salt, regular olive oil with a squeeze of lemon seasoned with salt and pepper will do in a pinch.