Italian-Style Edamame and Mushroom Risotto

Italian-Style Edamame and Mushroom Risotto
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What Started it all:
Edamame, Mushroom, baking powder, slow cooker

This unique Italian-style risotto brings together the creamy texture of traditional risotto with the vibrant flavors of edamame and mushrooms. Though not a traditional ingredient in Italian cuisine, edamame adds a delightful twist to this comforting dish. Using a slow cooker makes this recipe incredibly easy, allowing you to enjoy a hands-off cooking experience.


  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (cremini or button)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Slow Cooker: Start by setting your slow cooker to the high setting. Drizzle the olive oil into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics: In a pan, sauté the chopped onion and minced garlic over medium heat until they become translucent and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer them to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the Rice and Vegetables: Add the Arborio rice, edamame, and sliced mushrooms to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  4. Incorporate the Liquid: Pour in the vegetable broth and add the baking powder. Stir again to ensure everything is well mixed.
  5. Cook: Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until the rice is tender and has absorbed most of the liquid. Stir occasionally if possible.
  6. Finish with Cream and Cheese: Once the rice is cooked, stir in the heavy cream and grated Parmesan cheese until the mixture is creamy and well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve: Spoon the risotto into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve hot.

This Italian-style Edamame and Mushroom Risotto is a delightful fusion of flavors and textures. The slow cooker makes it easy to prepare, allowing you to enjoy a rich, creamy risotto with minimal effort. Perfect for a cozy dinner with family or friends!

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