Risotto, thy day has come

Can you believe it?? I FINALLY made the risotto I was originally planning to make last Thursday, then pushed off until Sunday, then delayed again once more until today. It was another hellish day at work, and even though I didn’t really feel like spending that much time in the kitchen, the cold, rainy weather made me want something warm and comforting for dinner.


Italian Sausage, Red Pepper and Mushroom Risotto
Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

Ingredients:

5 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces Italian sausage, casing removed
¾ cup finely chopped onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
4 ounces white button mushrooms, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1½ cups Arborio rice
¾ cup dry white wine
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon chopped Italian parsley

Instructions:

1. In a medium saucepan bring the broth to a simmer. Cover the broth and keep warm over low heat.
2. In a large heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sausage and saute, crumbling, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms and saute until tender, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the wine and simmer until the wine has almost completely evaporated, about 1 minute.
4. Add ½ cup of the simmering broth and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking the rice, adding the broth ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of broth to absorb before adding the next, until rice is tender but still firm to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 25 to 30 minutes total. Remove from the heat.
5. Stir in ¾ of the Parmesan. Transfer the risotto to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the parsley and the remaining Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Notes:

My first time cooking risotto was overall a success. It was a bit salty – maybe next time I could cut down on the broth used, and, per Leeetz’s suggestion substitute some water instead? Some kind of greens on the side would have been nice too. Now that risotto doesn’t seem quite as intimidating, I’m looking forward to trying these recipes that I’ve had bookmarked forever:

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3 responses to this post.

  1. […] TUESDAY: – Italian Sausage, Red Pepper and Mushroom Risotto […]

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  2. Looks gorgeous! One of my family’s favorite dishes!

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  3. I came across this site from Yahoo and found this post quite delicious!

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