How to Make Risotto Without Wine?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query,  “How to Make Risotto Without Wine?” and will discuss different recipes for making risotto.

How to Make Risotto Without Wine?

To make risotto without wine, mix all the ingredients of your favorite risotto recipe except wine and cook it. Wine is used in risotto because it enhances the taste and adds a touch of acidity to balance out the dish’s natural richness. Immediately after toasting the rice and before adding the primary liquid, typically broth, a large splash is poured.

Tips to make a perfect risotto

Just a few quick risotto-making pointers before we get started. They’ll make your life a whole lot simpler when it comes to putting this meal together.

First tip

Our first stop will be to the grocery store for some rice. Risotto calls for Italian short-grain rice, which can be found at most grocery stores. No other rice can be used to create risotto due to its greater starch content in risotto, which gives the dish its characteristic creamy texture. The most commonly accessible kind of rice is arborio; nevertheless, carnaroli rice is preferable if you can get it. This kind of rice has a greater starch content, making it ideal for risotto dishes.

Second tip

 Before you begin cooking, make sure all of your ingredients are prepared and within easy reach. That is to say, prepare your ingredients beforehand by grating your cheese, chopping your garlic, and measuring out your rice. Despite the few ingredients, making risotto takes time and attention. You don’t want to interrupt the process by preparing an ingredient while your dish is still simmering. Just plan ahead of time.

Last tip

As the last suggestion, make sure your supply is both hot and nearby at all times. Cold or room temperature stock will cause your rice’s temperature to drop, resulting in a mushy risotto with a longer cook time and less flavor. The stock should be simmering in the same pan as your risotto at all times. Make sure you have a ladle on hand so you can quickly add the stock as needed.

Finally, plan ahead of time by understanding how long this meal will take to prepare and budgeting accordingly. If you’re in a rush on a weekday and need supper on the table in 10 minutes, skip the mushroom risotto and prepare my 3-ingredient fettuccine Alfredo instead! Another option is my vodka-free penne alla vodka, which is an Italian meal that normally includes alcohol but does not here.

Mushroom risotto recipe

Ingredients list

·         1-liter vegetable stock

·         1 tbsp lemon juice

·         30g  butter, divided

·         250g  mushrooms

·         1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced

·         2 cloves garlic, finely minced

·         250g carnaroli or arborio rice 

·         20g parmesan cheese, grated

·         Salt & pepper


·         Reserve 150ml (approximately 1/2 cup) of your veggie stock in a measuring cup and pour the rest into a small saucepan. Set aside the stock after adding the lemon juice. Then, heat the remaining 850 milliliters of stock in a saucepan over low heat, covered, until required.

·         Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt 15g butter and approximately a tablespoon of olive oil. After adding the mushrooms, simmer them for approximately 10 minutes while turning periodically, until they’ve shrunk significantly and taken on a rich, golden brown color. Set aside the mushrooms once they’ve finished cooking in the pan.

·         In the same skillet, combine the remaining 15g butter with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and cook the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. For 5-10 minutes, cook onion in a little bit of oil until transparent, but not browned. Cook the minced garlic for about 30 seconds, until it begins to smell strongly of it.

·         Cook the rice until it is transparent around the edges and has a subtle nutty fragrance, approximately 5 minutes while stirring continuously.

·         Serve rice with conserved stock and lemon juice combination and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid has evaporated entirely while continuously stirring.

·         It’s now or never for your new stock purchases. Add two ladles of hot stock to the rice while continuously stirring. Stirring constantly, reduce the heat to a low simmer for 5 minutes, or until the stock has largely been absorbed. If you can dredge your spoon over the pan and see a trail of cooked rice, it’s time to add another ladle of liquid.

·         Continually whisk in two more ladles of stock while adding two more ladles of rice. Continue this process, tasting as you go, until the rice is tender but not mushy. It’s possible that you won’t use up all of your vegetable stock.

·         Remove the pan from the heat and add the mushrooms and parmesan cheese, stirring to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if necessary.

·         More grated parmesan cheese may be sprinkled on top for presentation.

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In this brief guide, we answered the query,  “How to Make Risotto Without Wine?” and discussed different recipes for making risotto.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.