While risotto purists may decry our calling this a risotto recipe, it’s certainly close enough, not to mention that it’s vegan, gluten-free, and delicious! Plus it’s really easy to make! What more could you ask from a vegan brown rice pumpkin mushroom risotto? (Unless you’re a risotto purist, that is.)
Now, we like to make this in our enameled, cast iron dutch oven (in fact we like to use that enameled dutch oven for just about everything), but you can make it in any heavy pan. And while this risotto is very easy to make, do keep in mind that you will need to stir it every 10 minutes or so until it’s done.
This is a really hearty (not to mention delicious) dish, and is nearly a meal in itself, but you can add a salad or a side vegetable (or both), and a nice gluten-free bread with vegan butter, to make a meal that is truly fit for a king (or queen).
Here’s the recipe!
Vegan Brown Rice Pumpkin Mushroom Risotto
1 small onion or 1/2 medium or large onion, chopped
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 cup pumpkin purée (we like Farmers Market organic brand)
3 cups vegan ‘chicken’ stock or vegetable stock
1 4-ounce can organic mushrooms (we like Giorgio brand organic mushrooms, which are available at Costco)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste (optional)
1 large bay leaf
Stir the stock and the pumpkin together until well mixed, and set aside.
Drain the mushrooms.
In a medium to large heavy-bottomed pot (we use our 3 quart enameled dutch oven for this, in fact we use our enameled dutch ovens for almost everything!) heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent.
Add the brown rice to the pot, and stir, coating the rice with oil. Toast the rice, stirring frequently, for another three or four minutes.
Stir the pumpkin and stock mixture into the pot, and stir well. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper to taste, and the bay leaf, and bring to a boil.
Reduce to low heat – just high enough to maintain a gentle simmer – and cover. Cook for 45 to 55 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom, and replacing the cover immediately after stirring.
When nearly all of the liquid is absorbed, remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes, and then serve your delicious concoction!
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