Turkey Mushroom Risotto

An Italian-inspired rice dish using leftover turkey, mushrooms, sage and a little fresh goat cheese.

You must use risotto rice for this recipe or it will not work. These rices—Arborio, Carnaroli or Vialone Nano—contain special starches that slough off when you stir the rice, creating a creamy sauce without any added cream. You can use chicken stock instead of turkey stock, but note that the turkey stock is what gives this risotto its turkey flavor.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 1/3 pound chanterelles or other fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio, Carnaroli, Vialone Nano, or other risotto rice
  • Salt
  • 3 cups turkey stock
  • 2 ounces Chevre or other fresh goat cheese
  • Black pepper to taste

Method

1 Bring the stock, plus an additional 2 cups of water, to a simmer.

2 Heat the butter in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes, until it begins to brown. Add the shallots and mushrooms and toss to combine. Salt them well and sauté until the shallots are translucent, about 3 minutes.

3 Add the garlic, sage and rice and stir well. Sauté for another 1-2 minutes, stirring often. Add 1 cup of the simmering stock. Stirring constantly, let the stock evaporate before adding another 1/2 cup. Repeat, stirring almost constantly, until the rice is al dente, cooked through but still a little firm. This will take about 20-30 minutes.

4 When the rice is al dente, add the goat cheese and stir well to combine. Add the black pepper and stir again. Serve at once.

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Comments

  1. mantha

    High-end comfort food is right! No matter how much turkey you consumed, there’s going to be room for this and a good green salad. (Put on the Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown Christmas music and hum along while you stir the rice.)

  2. Heather

    This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it! What other kind of cheese do you recommend, I’m not a big fan of goat cheeses. Thanks!

    Try parmesan, it’ll work fine. ~Hank

  3. John

    so…the only turkey in turkey mushroom risotto is the stock, which might be chicken instead? I expect it tastes very similar to mushroom risotto then.

    Hi John, homemade turkey stock, at least the stock we make, is strongly flavored of turkey. You can’t miss it in this risotto. ~Elise

  4. Beau Harbin

    I made this for dinner last night after spending the afternoon making turkey stock. This came out great. I kept back some bits of the turkey that came off the bone while making stock and added them to the risotto with the garlic and sage. This came out very hearty and filling. Thank you for the recipe.

  5. Christopher D.

    Great recipe, but it’s a lot easier with a pressure cooker:

    Saute the shallots and garlic with the butter in the bottom of the pot until just translucent. Add the rice, and stir to coat all the grains (important: it stops it from foaming up.) Add everything else but the cheese, pepper and sage. Close the lid and bring to 15 pounds pressure. Cook for four minutes then quick cool under the faucet just long enough to release the pressure. Carefully open the pot, and return it to the burner on low heat. Add the cheese, stir and simmer for a minute or two to reduce to desired consistency. Finish with the pepper and sage and serve. Easy! It will come out just as if you had done it the hard way. (Be careful, and follow the directions that came with your cooker for safety.)

  6. Linda

    I am so happy to find this recipe! It sounds wonderful, and I will be trying it tomorrow, though I am confident of how good it will be, so I am saying thank you now! I am so happy to find a recipe for leftover turkey that doesn’t begin “take a can of ****** condensed soup” and uses real ingredients and sounds as if it comes from someone who really loves good food!