How To Make This Gut-Friendly Miso Mushroom Risotto

Miso is a tasty addition to this mushroom risotto recipe


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A miso mushroom risotto recipe from BOSH! This miso risotto is perfect for date night - Media Credit: BOSH!

There are few things more comforting than a big bowl of risotto, and adding miso into the mix gives this mushroom risotto recipe added gut health benefits, as well as taste.

Miso is a Japanese paste made from fermented soybeans. It’s beneficial for gut health primarily because it’s a fermented food. The fermentation process used to make miso involves beneficial bacteria, which helps to cultivate a rich community of microorganisms in the paste. When consumed, these live microorganisms can enhance the gut flora, or microbiome, which is crucial for healthy digestion, nutrient absorption, and immune function.

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The beneficial bacteria in miso are probiotics that contribute to the diversity and health of gut microbiota. These probiotics can help balance the gut environment, promoting the growth of good bacteria and inhibiting harmful ones. This balance is vital for maintaining the intestinal barrier, preventing gastrointestinal infections, and reducing inflammation.

Miso is popular in a wide range of recipes, and can be used in everything from ramen to aubergine steaks.

This risotto recipe, which comes from BOSH!, uses white miso to give this vegan risotto a tasty umami flavor. Other ingredients used include porcini mushrooms, chestnut mushrooms, oat cream, and vegan parmesan. Risotto often has a rep for being tricky to make, this this recipe is easy and perfect for beginners. It’s great for date night, dinner parties, or just a night in alone.

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Miso mushroom risotto

Shiitake mushrooms, miso paste, and risotto rice – a marriage made in culinary heaven. This deliciously easy vegan dish is creamy, rich and earthy – the perfect evening meal after a long day. Don't believe us? Try it for yourself and tell us we're wrong.
A miso mushroom risotto recipe from BOSH!
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Duration50 mins
Servings4 people


For the miso stock
  • 50 g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp white miso
For the risotto
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 g chestnut mushrooms
  • 220 g Arborio risotto rice
  • 175 ml dry white wine
  • 75 g plant-based butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp sea salt
To serve
  • 2 tsp oat cream
  • 60 g plant-based parmesan
  • 1 lemon
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh chives


Before you start

  • Soak the dried mushrooms and miso in a deep bowl or jug of 800ml boiling water until softened (around 20-30 minutes) 

Make the miso mushroom stock

  • Chop the chestnut mushrooms and rehydrated porcini mushrooms IF NEEDED, squeezing out any excess liquid from the mushrooms with your hands back into the soaking bowl, and reserving the stock.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion.
  • Peel and mince the garlic cloves.

Start the risotto

  • Melt the butter and olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion with the salt and fry, stirring regularly, for 5-8 minutes, until soft, translucent and golden (but not browning).
  • Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook until softened (around 8 minutes).
  • Add the rice, stir to coat and cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the wine and cook until the alcohol evaporates.

Cook the risotto

  • Once the wine evaporates, add a ladleful of miso mushroom stock.
  • Let the rice simmer and cook, stirring gently and regularly, until the stock is absorbed by the rice, then add another ladle of stock to the pan and repeat.
  • Carry on cooking and adding stock as necessary, until the rice is tender and the risotto looking creamy (which may take up to 30 minutes.
  • If you run out of stock, add some more water.
  • Season and serve
  • Take off the heat and stir through the crème fraîche or oat cream as needed to make your risotto very creamy.
  • Add the grated plant-based parmesan and zest of the lemon to taste.
  • Add a splash more water to loosen if necessary, then serve by dolloping into shallow bowls with some cracked black pepper and chopped herbs or rocket on top.

This recipe was republished with permission from BOSH!. You can view the original recipe here.

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