If you need a bowl full of comfort, then you have to give this mushroom and garlic risotto a try. Mushrooms, spinach, and creamy luscious brown rice flavored with onion, garlic, nutritional yeast will warm your body and your soul! This recipe is truly amazing because it takes under 30 minutes to make, which is unheard of for a risotto.

Mushroom Garlic Risotto [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



Cooking Time




  • 1 1/2 cups short grain brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 brown onions
  • 6 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed/chopped
  • 1/2 cup kombucha/white wine
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (4 cups boiling water and 4 stock cubes)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 5 cups spinach
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Soak the rice in water overnight. If you forget, don’t worry. You can just add extra water later, but soaking makes for a creamier, more digestible, and faster cooking risotto. Rinse and drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep pot then add the onion and cook on low for 5 minutes until softened and translucent. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for another few minutes until beginning to soften. Meanwhile, boil a jug of water if you’re using stock cubes.
  3. Turn up to medium heat, stir in the rice, and pour over the kombucha and cook for a few minutes until it is all absorbed.
  4. Now add the stock cubes and boiling water (or vegetable stock) 1 cup at a time, turning the heat down to low and stirring until fully absorbed. This process might take about 10-15 minutes. If you didn’t soak your rice overnight, you will need to add an extra 1 cup of water at the end.
  5. Finally, add the nutritional yeast, spinach, salt (if needed), and pepper, stirring until just combined and the spinach has just wilted.
  6. Serve immediately, topped with micro greens and a drizzle of olive oil.


Organic kombucha is used here for a healthy twist, but white wine is what’s classically used and that also tastes great. Make sure you use short grain rice as it is what will give your risotto a deliciously creamy result, without having to add butter and cheese at the end. This plus the soaking, the stock, the nutritional yeast and the stirring will give you a creamy, dreamy risotto any Italian would be envious of. Don’t have spinach? Don’t worry! Kale, silverbeet, or cavolo nero would work well too - just de-stem it and finely chop, making sure to add it a bit earlier as it’ll need a bit longer to wilt.