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Thyme & Mushroom Thyme Risotto

April 11, 2024 Back to Picks >

Growing Thyme in a Pot:

  • Thyme can be grown year round in our area, but protect it from a hard freeze.
  • Choose a pot that will provide excellent drainage and that you can easily move.
  • Put broken ceramic shards in the pot’s bottom to keep the draining hole clear.
  • Place the pot where there is plenty of sunlight and ready access to water.
  • When to water? A reliable old-fashioned way to check for potting soil that is too dry
    or too wet: Sharpen a classic Number 2 Pencil and push it down as far as possible
    into the pot. If any bits of soil cling to the pencil when you pull it out of the pot, Do Not
    Water! There’s moisture down there! Thanks to our old friend Seth!!!
  • Use an excellent growing medium such as Arbor Gate Organic Soil Complete and
    fertilize periodically with Arbor Gate Organic Food Complete.
  • Cut well-developed leaves often for cooking and to promote continual growth.

Mushroom Thyme Risotto


  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. arborio rice
  • 8 cups chicken stock, warmed


  • In a large sauce pot over medium heat add oil and onions; cook until translucent, then
    add garlic, and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and cook until
    reduced by half.
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce until almost dry.
  • Add the butter and thyme to the pan and cook until the butter melts.
  • Add rice to the pot with 2 cups of the stock. Cook the rice until creamy, adding stock incrementally until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve warm, garnished with fresh thyme if available, dried thyme as an alternate.