Wild Rice Risotto with Mushrooms, Leeks, and Sun Dried Tomatoes

By Jenny Breen


1 cup wild rice – rinsed, sorted and cooked in 3 c water
¼ cup olive oil
2 medium leeks, cleaned well and roughly chopped
2 cups assorted mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped or cut with a scissors and soaked in 2 cups hot water
1 cup fresh bacon or smoked turkey, or tempeh, chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1 cup grated asiago or similar cheese (skip for a vegan option)
1- 2 cups stock or water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 cups milk of your choice (use rice, almond, oat etc for vegan option)
1/2 cup white wine (or white wine vinegar with a tablespoon of honey)


  1. Cook wild rice in 3 cups water until tender (about 40 minutes) and set aside.
  2. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the leeks and mushrooms and sauce until tender-about 3-4 minutes. Then add garlic, sauteeing for several minutes. Add meat (if using) and fresh herbs and finally the softened sun dried tomatoes.
  3. Add the wild rice and slowly add 1 cup of the milk. Stir constantly over medium heat, adding small amounts of wine, stock and more milk. Keep stirring as it gets creamy. Continue to add liquid as needed for 20 to 25 minutes. It should be creamy, not mushy. If you prefer it creamier, continue with the slow cooking and addition of liquid for up to an hour.
  4. Fold in the cheese (if using) and mix until well blended, adding more liquid if desired.

Serves 8 to 10

About Author

Bridget is a deep-thinking compassionate caregiver with a love for color, culture, travel, kindness and the encouraging word. Called to seek out and serve the lost, vulnerable, broken and oppressed. A pediatric nurse, she has worked in numerous inpatient and outpatient settings, and with the underserved domestically and internationally. She carries a particular call to stand with the impoverished, whether they be affected materially, emotionally, physically or spiritually. She currently lives in Austin, TX with her dog Nigel.

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