David's Bella Risotto

David Kuhlmann


This dish is done open skillet on low heat, enough to simmer. Please make sure you only use Arborio rice for this dish. Regular rice doesn't have the same texture or starch that makes this dish so special.

Use beef base for red meats and chicken base for white meats.

Base is so much better than bouillon or broth for this dish. But, yes you can substitute bullion for the base. One Bouillon cube per cup of water.

When done, Risotto is creamy, not dry or wet. If too wet cook a bit longer. Be careful not to over cook, it will be mushy. Too dry add more stock.

Bon Appetite!


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 c
    arborio rice
  • 5-6 c
    chicken or beef base
  • 1/2 lb
    baby portebello mushrooms
  • 1/3 stick
    butter, unsalted
  • ·
    red or black pepper to taste
  • ·
    no added salt

How to Make David's Bella Risotto


  1. In a large Wok type skillet melt butter and add the Arborio rice on low heat until the rice absorbs the butter.

    Slice the baby Portabellas
  2. Once the butter is absorbed into the rice and the pan is sizzling, add 1/2 - 1/3 cup of base mixture. Continue to add base only after the previous base has been absorbed into the rice.
  3. After about 2 1/2 cups of base has been absorbed into the Arborio rice add the sliced Portabella's and 1 cup of the base to the mix as well as the pepper. I don't add any salt because the base has plenty!
  4. After the previous 1 cup of base has been absorbed, test the rice for doneness. Continue to add 1/2 - 1/3 cup of base at a time until desired texture is reached. Test texture after every time the previous base is added and absorbed. Every time you add the base you need to allow it time to absorb into the rice. This is a must so you don't have soggy Risotto. The texture should be creamy and not al dente.

Printable Recipe Card

About David's Bella Risotto

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Italian

Show 16 Comments & Reviews

25 Dishes To Make in April

25 Dishes To Make in April

Technically spring has arrived. But, depending on what part of the country you’re in, the weather may not be cooperating. So, we’re sharing comfort food recipes because we know those are good year-round. But, you’ll also see fresh finds since farmer’s markets are starting to burst with goodies. If you’re sick of trying to figure […]

17 Spring Dinner Ideas

17 Spring Dinner Ideas

It’s that weird time of year that one day you’re grilling in the sunshine and the next you’re cuddling up with some comfort food. These spring-inspired recipes have you covered no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. Full of fresh produce, chock-full of flavor, and ideal for the grill, these Spring dinner ideas will […]

Treat Yourself to Homemade Coffee Cake

Treat Yourself to Homemade Coffee Cake

When is it acceptable to have cake for breakfast? When you serve coffee cake! It’s one of my favorite treats to make for a weekend morning. Any leftovers make a great snack. If you’re hankering for something sweet, try one of these coffee cake recipes. “Everyone will want to be your BFF when you serve […]