Legumes are so healthy to our diet, that’s why we are sharing this delicious Porcini Mushroom Risotto recipe!
Spring is still around, and we have quite some time in hand to whip up some spring recipes. And it’s just June, so we have lots of mushrooms available in the market. And this calls for a delicious mushroom-based recipe. So today, I will be sharing one of my favorite Italian-inspired dishes– the Porcini Mushroom Risotto Recipe!
This vegan risotto mushroom is done with a legume-based pasta, which means it is super healthy and tasty at the same time! If you love risotto and adore mushrooms, this vegan porcini mushroom risotto is just for you. So, before we begin with the Porcini Mushroom Risotto recipe, let’s have a glimpse at the benefits of a legume-based diet:
The benefits of legume
Legumes bring in so many healthy, nutritious benefits that it often comes as a surprise to me how less we use them in our diets. The whole family of legumes is a powerhouse of essential nutrients, making them a must-have in our diets. Rich in plant protein, legumes are especially beneficial for those following plant-based diets – it helps replenish the protein requirement in the body. Many legumes even have more protein than animal products, but they do not contain saturated fat – other elements that make meat a poor choice.
Legumes are an excellent source of fibers and work wonders for the health of your gut. The fiber content also ensures that your blood sugar levels remain stable and there are no sudden spikes. When we consume legumes, we tend to feel full for a longer time – and this too is attributed to the presence of fiber in them. This also helps to maintain a good, healthy weight. Also, for those looking to get to their happy weight, it’s time to include plenty of legumes in the diet.
Springer Link states that a legume-based diet works to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the root cause of many lifestyle illnesses like heart diseases, diabetes, and arthritis. When we include healthy foods such as legumes in our food, it helps our body counter inflammation naturally.
Legumes are low in fat levels and have no cholesterol. They offer the same calcium levels as a glass of milk, which makes them the perfect source of calcium. Legumes also feature lysine, which is an essential amino acid adding to the process of digestion.
You won’t get bored, there is a lot of legume variety!
The best part about legumes is that there are so many varieties out there that you’ll never really get bored of consuming these delicious little beans. We can cook them the way we want to – canned, cooked, frozen, dried, boiled, and we can even grind them into flour. With the flour, nowadays they do an infinity of pasta variants, which, thanks to their high fiber content, keep our blood sugar levels stable, unlike the rest of the traditional pasta. Aka; You don’t have to stop eating those delicious pasta dishes that you like so much, you just have to choose better the pasta!
Now that I’ve listed out all the reasons why we need to include legumes in our diet, its time to hop on to the Porcini Mushroom Pasta Risotto recipe:
- 1/2 white onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 8 oz legume-based pasta
- 2 cups fresh porcini thinly sliced
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1 pinch Pink Himalayan Salt
- In a sauce pan, heat the vegetable stock. Bring to boil and lower the heat to a simmer.
- Place a big skillet over medium heat. When heated, add the oil, the onion, and season with a bit of salt. Keep cooking, occasionally stirring for 5 minutes or until softened.
- Add the pasta and stir until it's shiny and coated with the oil. Then add the dry white wine, and cook until evaporated.
- Add a ladleful of hot stock and stir until absorbed. Continue adding stock, a ladleful at a time as if making risotto.
- When the pasta it's almost done, around 10 minutes, add the nutritional yeast and both types of porcini—Cook for a couple of minutes.
- When the pasta is completely cooked, remove the skillet from the heat and let it sit for a couple of minutes before serving. Enjoy hot!