Vegan Mushroom Risotto with Cashew Cream and Crispy Sage

Gourmet vegan mushroom risotto served with toasted cashew nut cream and finished with crisp sage leaves.
Product: CHEF® Liquid Concentrate Mushroom
Category: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 10

¼ cup olive oil
2 onions, finely diced
½ leek, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
250g button mushrooms, sliced
500g field mushrooms, sliced
250g mixed gourmet mushrooms
2½ cups risotto rice
250mL white wine (vegan friendly)
50mL CHEF Mushroom Liquid Concentrate + 2L near boiling water

Toasted Cashew Nut Cream
½ cup toasted cashews
¾ cup boiling water
10mL CHEF Mushroom Liquid Concentrate
Sea salt / cracked pepper

Garnishing Ideas

Sage leaves
Cracked black pepper
Olive oil


Soak cashew nuts in boiling water and set aside for 30 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a large pan and sauté onion, leek and garlic until soft and fragrant.

Add mushrooms and cook 2–3 minutes until just softening.

Remove half the mushrooms and set aside to garnish the finished risotto.

Add risotto rice and toss to coat the grains with the oils, then add white wine and let evaporate off. Gradually add the CHEF Mushroom Liquid Concentrate mixture about a cup at a time, stirring well between each addition. Cook rice until al dente then season to taste.

For cashew nut cream, blitz soaked nuts with CHEF Mushroom Liquid Concentrate and check for seasoning.

Fry sage leaves in oil until crispy.

Serve risotto in shallow bowls. Top with reserved mushrooms and dollop with cashew nut cream. Garnish with crispy sage and cracked black pepper.

Chef Tips

Swap out cashews for blanched almonds, if you prefer
The cashew nut cream can also be stirred through the risotto for a creamy finish
Convert this dish to pasta and add bacon and Parmesan for a twist on classic Carbonara
Check seasoning at the end, if it requires salt, use the CHEF Mushroom Liquid Concentrate to dial up flavour.


CHEF® Mushroom Liquid Concentrate

Made with shiitake and other forest mushrooms for a distinctive mushroom aroma and flavour.
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