Forest-Inspired Berry and Mushroom Rice

La Sciuscella
Purple rice with berries on top, next to pile of berries topped with mushrooms, on white plate with drizzles of berry juice
Serves 4
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  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cook time 45 mins
  • Ready time 60 mins

A type of Italian risotto, this delicious Forest-Inspired Berry and Mushroom Rice is served at vegetarian restaurant La Sciuscella, in the village of Cerveteri in the north province of Rome.

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  • 350 g carnaroli rice
  • 500-600 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 shallot
  • 150 g blueberries
  • 80 g redcurrants
  • 200 g mixed mushrooms (including some porcini mushrooms)
  • 30 g butter or coconut butter
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 100 ml rice milk
  • salt, pepper and parsley to season


Mince half the shallot and put it in a non-stick frying pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 10 g of butter. Let the shallot fry and after 10 minutes add the redcurrants and the blueberries and cook them on a low heat for 10-12 minutes, gradually adding a few teaspoons of rice milk.

In another non-stick frying pan, put 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 10 g of butter and the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.

Let the remaining half of the shallot cook in 10 g of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick wok for at least 5 or 6 minutes. Then add the rice and let it toast at low heat for 2 minutes, being careful to stir it. Gradually add the vegetable stock and stir the rice occasionally while cooking it. Three minutes before the rice is completely cooked, add the blueberries and redcurrants mixture and the mushrooms. Stir gently up to the rice is done. Garnish with parsley.


Additional notes

Recipe courtesy of La Sciuscella

Opened at the start of 2016, La Sciuscella is the first and only vegetarian restaurant in the north province of Rome. With an emphasis on local agricultural produce, it offers a variety of natural and healthy menu options.

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