Savory Mushroom and Herb Steel Cut Oat Risotto

Savory Mushroom and Herb Steel-Cut Oat Risotto - eat oatmeal for dinner! A cheap, delicious, hearty vegetarian meal. | foxeslovelemons.com

Today, I’m trying out something that I’ve had on my “to try” list for a very long time: risotto made from steel cut oats. I’d seen it on a restaurant menu, although hadn’t tried it yet. A quick spin through the Google machine led me to this, which confirmed that the process for this risotto was exactly the same as it it for traditional risotto made with arborio rice. Which is perfect, because I bet I could make risotto with a blindfold on and one hand tied behind my back.

I’m so in love with this recipe for a couple of reasons. Primarily, because it alleviated my feelings of guilt for buying a tin of oatmeal purely for the container. Now, anyone who’s ever been out to breakfast with me knows: I really don’t like sweet breakfast (I don’t even like donuts, and I’ll make bizarro savory hashes out of sweet cereal). Pancakes and waffles only rarely have their place at my table, and that’s only at dinner-time. Never in the morning. So, the chances of me eating this oatmeal, in a sweet capacity, for breakfast, were non-existent. This risotto allowed me to eat them in a savory way, and it was damn tasty.

Savory Mushroom and Herb Steel-Cut Oat Risotto - eat oatmeal for dinner! A cheap, delicious, hearty vegetarian meal. | foxeslovelemons.com

I made this a mushroom risotto just because that’s my favorite type of risotto to make. I’ve made all different flavors, but I keep coming back to basic mushroom-Parmesan risotto. It’s like an old friend. I used a large package (8 ounces) of traditional white mushrooms, as well as a smaller package (4 ounces) of “gourmet mushroom blend” (which included cremini, shitake and oyster), just to keep things interesting. This dish was PACKED with mushrooms, making it a very satisfying meatless meal. I also flavored it up with a leek and a generous amount of dried ground sage and fresh thyme. I kept it vegetarian by using homemade vegetable stock, but this would also be delicious with chicken or beef stock. I added a little bit of Parmesan cheese at the end, and boom! I was eating oatmeal for dinner!

Savory Mushroom and Herb Steel-Cut Oat Risotto - eat oatmeal for dinner! A cheap, delicious, hearty vegetarian meal. | foxeslovelemons.com

Savory Mushroom and Herb Steel Cut Oat Risotto

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 5-1/2 cups vegetable stock (chicken or beef stock may also be used)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 leek (white and light green part only), halved lengthwise then cut crosswise into thin slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces mushrooms (I used 8 ounces white mushrooms + 4 ounces “gourmet mushroom blend”)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried sage
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup steel cut Irish oatmeal (not the quick-cooking kind)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In medium saucepan with lid, heat stock over medium heat until simmering, then reduce heat to low and keep covered.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek and salt; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms, garlic, thyme and sage; cook 7 to 8 minutes or until mushrooms are very deeply browned, stirring frequently. Add wine, cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add oatmeal; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 2 ladles of hot stock, cook until oats have absorbed almost all of the liquid. From this point, you’ll just continue adding stock, 1 ladle at a time, and stirring. You do NOT need to stand and stir constantly, but you should stir frequently, so just do some other stuff around the kitchen while you linger. The oats should take about 25 minutes to cook (taste to make sure they are tender). You should have enough stock (be sure to keep the lid on it when you’re not using it, so it doesn’t evaporate!), but if you run out before the oats are tender, just add some water.
  4. To finish, vigorously stir in 1/4 cup cheese. Serve in warm bowls garnished with parsley and extra cheese.

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46 comments

  1. This is genius. I have a thing for oats, love them in every way, sweet or savory, bread or breakfast. Can´t wait to try this recipe! btw, I bought so many things just to keep the tins…

  2. Why have I never thought to use steel-cut oats in a savory recipe? I l adore this recipe. It looks delish!

  3. The pictures of your dish are making my mouth water, big time. I am absolutely bookmarking this recipe. I’ve never even made risotto, much less some from oats, but I’d totally give it a try.

    Ps: I’d buy the oats just for that container too, lol.

  4. Okay I am obsessed with risotto but I have never heard of oat risotto, I need to give this a try.

  5. I am so interested by this. I have never had risotto but have always wanted to try it. This seems like great way to ease into it with a familiar ingredient.

  6. Wow! Love that you used oats to make it! Awesome idea! I have to try this!

  7. This is an awesome idea. And I just bought a tin of the oats. And yes, I opted for the tin versus the box, purely based on aesthetic reasons!

    And I’m with you on sweet breakfasts! While my husband adds brown sugar and maple syrup to his steel cut oats, you will find me adding a little soy sauce, a little sesame oil, furikake (Japanese toppings), and sometimes kimchi to my oats. FOR BREAKFAST.

    I will definitely be trying your recipe!

  8. I’ve never made risotto…I’m not sure I can deny myself this one! Just gorgeous!

  9. You have me so intrigued with this recipe. I have to admit I do not like regular oatmeal for breakfast. However, a savory dish like this is one I have to try. Risotto-style oats. Who knew? How great!

  10. Like you I am also one to be able to make risotto often and in many different versions. It is such a delicious filling dish 🙂 Risotto with oatmeal is an absolutely new version to me, but I am very intrigued. It looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing! ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  11. Love these ingredients including the thyme, sage and parmesan, so nicely complimenting the earthy mushrooms. Yum… this would be a perfect dish for this rainy day!!!

  12. Oh, yeah, mushroom risotto is one of my favorites, too. And now I have an excuse to buy that cute can of oats, too 🙂

  13. Steel Cut oats are my favorite, and I could eat them absolutely any time of any day! This savory version looks so earthy and delicious – I have to try it.

  14. This sounds incredible. I love anything with mushrooms in it and my mouth is watering at your pictures!

  15. I never would have thought of a recipe like this, and I’m glad that you have inspired me. Now I have a reason to buy steel cut oats other than the nice can (which I also think is awesome(. Cheers!

  16. I appreciate this veggie/oatmeal take on risotto packed with mushrooms. Very intriguing. I’m bookmarking this page =)

    P.s. The Irish Steel Oats tin always grabs my attention on the cereal aisle, too!

  17. yum! your risotto looks fabulous. . love that you added steel cut Irish oatmeal!! Wow!

  18. AMAZING twist on risotto, its awesome!

  19. Yeah for Risotto!Love this twist on a traditional Risotto and its so full of flavor and healthier 🙂 Will be surely trying out your recipe!

  20. Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone!

  21. I feel that same way about sweets for breakfast. In fact, I am not much of a sweet eater in general so I love your use of oats here! With two vegetarians in the family, mushroom is our go-to risotto as well. Your oatmeal risotto looks gorgeous but here’s the real question: Where’s the egg? 😀

  22. My favourite flavours, with less guilt- I love it! You just can’t go wrong with an earthy mushroom risotto…thanks for sharing!

    -Shannon

  23. My favourite flavours, with less guilt- I love it! You just can’t go wrong with an earthy mushroom risotto…thanks for sharing!

    -Shannon

  24. Thanks, Shannon! I agree – mushroom risotto is ALWAYS a perfect meal.

  25. I’ve always wondered about steel cut oats, and I now I have a recipe to try them with (outside of breakfast)!

  26. I’ve always wondered about steel cut oats, and I now I have a recipe to try them with (outside of breakfast)!

  27. Thanks Alaiyo! I wasn’t a huge fan of the oats just cooked on their own as oatmeal, but I really like them just as a grain, cooked in different ways like this!

  28. Made this last night and it was EXCELLENT! I added a bit of truffle oil because I had some, and that really elevated it. I served it with some sauteed farmers market zucchini and carrots with fresh basil, thyme and Italian parsley. Best dinner in a while.

    • I’m so glad to hear that, Rachel! I actually have some truffle BUTTER in my freezer (weird gift from someone!), and I was kicking myself for not using it when I made this! Next time, maybe! Your sauteed vegetables sound so good. I need to get to the farmers market soon myself.

  29. Made this last night and it was EXCELLENT! I added a bit of truffle oil because I had some, and that really elevated it. I served it with some sauteed farmers market zucchini and carrots with fresh basil, thyme and Italian parsley. Best dinner in a while.

  30. I’m so glad to hear that, Rachel! I actually have some truffle BUTTER in my freezer (weird gift from someone!), and I was kicking myself for not using it when I made this! Next time, maybe! Your sauteed vegetables sound so good. I need to get to the farmers market soon myself.

  31. This is fantastic. I added some chopped zucchini and squash toward the end for some added “crunch,” but either way it is genius:)

  32. This is fantastic. I added some chopped zucchini and squash toward the end for some added “crunch,” but either way it is genius:)

  33. Thanks so much jmal! Zucchini and squash sound like great additions – I’ll try that next time!

  34. Delicious! Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  35. Delicious! Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  36. You’re welcome, Michelle! Thanks for stopping by!

  37. I’ve loved steel-cut oats as a savory dish for a long time, especially when cooked only to the chewy stage. As pilaf, with onion, garlic, carrot, celery…your imagination is the limit. When making a “risotto”, one advantage is that the careful, gradual addition of stock and constant stirring isn’t even needed with oats! You simply cook them as per usual, and the result is as creamy and unctuous as any risotto could be. Healthier and WAY less fuss. Yum.

  38. Interesting! I’ll have to try the no-stir method next time. Although, I must admit, I sort of *like* the stirring 🙂

  39. May have to try this one! YUM!

  40. This sounds like a wonderful change for risotto, especially since steel cut oats are good at keeping the al dente texture that risotto is known for.  For what it’s worth, I’ve found one pancake recipe that I really like for breakfast which is not sweet:  Quinoa Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes from Cooking Classy.  Even the blueberry topping isn’t very sweet, so they might be worth a try for you – especially, perhaps with a different topping.

    • Just looked up that recipe, Susan, and it looks fantastic! Thanks so much for telling me about it. I”ll be trying that on a cold day this winter when I just want to curl up with a stack of pancakes 🙂

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