Recipe: non-alcoholic Guinness risotto with peas and wild mushrooms

Paul | January 2022 | 6 minutes

Try cooking something different this week with our first recipe from our Community Champion, Paul.

Ingredients

A couple of knobs of butter

220g Carnaroli rice

125ml of Non-Alcoholic Guinness

1 litre of good quality hot vegetable stock

Handful of frozen peas

Handful of wild mushrooms, finely sliced

Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated

2 bay leaves

Seasoning to taste

Fresh Basil leaves for decoration

Method

1. In a large frying pan, add the butter and cook on a medium heat until it starts to foam, then add your mushrooms, peas, bay leaves and rice, coating every grain of rice with the butter. The foaming butter will give a nutty taste to your final dish.

2. Cook for a few minutes, then add all of the Guinness. Keep stirring gently until all of the Guinness has reduced right down, and the ingredients have soaked in all the wonderful flavours.

3. Remove the bay leaves and start adding the hot vegetable stock gradually using a ladle or large spoon. This is where you need to keep on stirring so that the starch in the rice breaks down, giving you that creamy consistency.

4. Every ladle of stock needs to be reduced right down before adding another.

5. Once all the stock has been used and reduced down, turn off the heat and add the finely grated cheese, stir and cover with a lid.

6. I leave mine covered for a good eight minutes. Remove lid and stir in a cold knob of butter (optional). I like my risotto firm to the bite and not gloopy like some risottos you see.

7. Season to taste if you wish with ground black pepper.

8. Spoon into a warm bowl and sprinkle with more cheese and a sprinkle of fresh basil leaves.

Enjoy!

*If you’d like to make this recipe vegan, you could swap the butter and cheese with vegan alternatives, adding nutritional yeast for extra flavour.

Paul, a chef and Community Champion for Alcohol Change UK, has put together a series of recipes to try during Dry January. This risotto is the first of three! Find out more about Paul’s work by visiting his website.

Have you downloaded the free Try Dry app yet? You can use it year-round to track your drinking, savings and more! Find out more and download it here. You can also buy our book, Try Dry: the Official Guide to a Month Off Booze. It's full of handy tips and advice for giving dry a go - whether that's for Dry January or any other month!