I love risotto and love to create in the kitchen trying to achieve the perfect recipe. This one for an easy mushroom risotto I think is absolutely delicious.

It is great if you are following a healthy lifestyle and pretty tasty in my opinion. If you make it do let me know what you think too.

Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as any given are approximate.

Eating this mushroom risotto for weight loss

If you are looking for a Slimming World mushroom risotto or a Weight Watchers mushroom risotto this recipe should be a great fit. Have you followed either plan before? You can enjoy meals like this and still lose weight!

Whatever plan you are following the ingredients and calories in this mushroom risotto are listed below and should fit nicely. Let me know what you think.

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Sticky mushrooms

Risotto tips

Risotto is one of my favourite meals, it always feels so filling and stodgy whilst often having many vegetables in so being actually quite healthy. Once you master the basic way of making it you can easily adapt recipes for new flavours.

I prefer Arborio rice for risotto, it is perfect for the way you cook risotto and works better than long grain or basmati rice.

Risotto is always more stodgy and well-cooked if you reheat it so if you are saving some for another day remove it from the pan before you have finished cooking it.

Always use a bigger pan than you think you need. It is surprising how much you end up making and whilst simmering it is easy for it to splash.

Check out my risotto guide full of tips to make the perfect risotto.

Budget shopping tips

I try to ensure all of the recipes I make are accessible for everyone. By this, I mean that they do not use obscure and hard-to-find ingredients.

I also believe that recipes should use as few ingredients as possible and avoid expensive ingredients. We would all much rather spend money on holidays than expensive ingredients wouldn’t we?

Buying herbs and spices in bulk is something I really recommend. It can save a lot of money in the long term but also mean you never run out! I find putting them on Amazon subscribe and save helps too!

Shopping around to see which shops have offers on your usual products can make a big difference to your weekly shopping bill. Additionally don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can.

Frozen vegetables are nutritionally just as good as fresh usually so do keep an eye out for those too to save money.

Do you have any particular frozen vegetables you love? Do share them with me it is always nice to hear people’s recommendations.

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Which mushrooms to use in this easy mushroom risotto

Whilst this recipe uses mixed mushrooms you can truly use any you like. If you have dried mushrooms why not rehydrate them and use those. Add some garlic to make a similar recipe to my garlic mushroom risotto or even use mushrooms you have grown yourself.

I find this recipe works well when I have bought lots of reduced mushrooms from the supermarket!

Etsy for weight loss

If you are like me and like buying fun new items to motivate your weight loss, then here are my favourites. Etsy is great for items for the kitchen and weight loss goodies. I could spend hours browsing there.

There are so many great food diaries too so you can record your meal plans and track your weight loss to keep a record of the good and bad weeks. Click the photos to have a look for yourself.

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A weight loss sign
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Weight loss magnet
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Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density.

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

More healthy recipes you may enjoy

If you don’t fancy this mixed mushroom risotto but would like another recipe with rice check out my huge selection of rice recipes and check out my tips for cooking the perfect rice!

If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes.

Which meal do you struggle with ideas for on your diet? I have lists of breakfast ideas and lunch ideas if that helps you.


I have a lot of weight loss guides and support if you want to exercise including if you have a condition like fibromyalgia.

Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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Mushroom risotto

Healthy and easy Mushroom Risotto Recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Low Calorie


This delicious easy mushroom risotto recipe tastes like something you would get in a restaurant and is easy to make.



300 grams Arborio Rice

600 grams Closed cup mushrooms sliced

50 grams Dried Porcini Mushrooms

3 Vegetable Stock cubes

700 ml Boiling Water

300 ml Boiling Water

4 Cloves garlic Crushed

5 Echalion Shallots Diced

1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce

1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

Frylight or other 1 cal cooking spray


Place the dried mushrooms and 300ml of boiling water into a jug and set aside

Using a large heavy-based frying pan spray well with the low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.

Add the garlic and shallots and fry for 3-4 minutes until soft

Pour in the Arborio rice and stir well and fry for a further 2 minutes

Add the crumbled stock cubes with 100ml of boiling water and stir continuously until water has been absorbed

Add a further 100ml of boiling water, the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce and stir until absorbed

Add the sliced closed cup mushrooms and the remaining water and stir continuously until fully absorbed

Pour in the dried mushrooms and the water they are soaking in and mix through thoroughly. Simmer stirring occasionally to stop it sticking until all liquid is absorbed


Keywords: Slimming World, Syn free, risotto, easy to cook,

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  1. I love rice dishes and this sounds like a risotto I would thoroughly enjoy. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for all your recipe suggestions.

  2. Wow! This mushroom risotto was fantastic. Easy to make as well – think even John and Greg would have approved 😉