Sausage Risotto

Over a year ago I tried to make Risotto for the first time.  It was good for a first try (and super easy since it was made in the slow cooker), but it didn’t wow me enough to make it again.

Then I had one of those “clean out the refrigerator” type of days and decided it was time tackle risotto again.  This time, I made a (slightly) more authentic risotto, using a white wine and making the risotto stove top.  It didn’t take an hour as I had previously assumed and my family was crazy about the resulting meal!

Recipe Notes:
*Not a wine drinker?  Use an additional ½ cup chicken broth in place of the wine.

Sausage Risotto
Adapted from Jimmy Dean

3 ½ cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 (16 oz) package regular pork sausage
1 small onion, chopped
3 large carrots, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup Arborio rice, uncooked
½ cup dry white wine
1 cup frozen spinach
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp dried sage
½ tsp black pepper
Salt to taste
Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Bring the broth to a boil in a medium sized sauce pan.  Reduce the heat to low to keep the broth hot, but not boiling.

Cook the sausage, onion, and carrots in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat.  Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the sausage is fully cooked and the vegetables are tender.  Drain off any excess fat.

Add the garlic and spinach to the pan, and cook for 1 minute.  Then add the rice and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir in the wine, cooking until the wine is nearly absorbed.  Add ½ cup of hot broth, stirring and cooking until the broth is absorbed.  Repeat with the remaining broth, adding ½ cup at a time, until the liquid is absorbed (about 20 minutes).

Stir in the spices and garnish with cheese.

Serves 4


  1. I'm definitely going to have to try this! I love risotto!

  2. Mmm, risotto is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Looks like an amazing dish to come out of fridge cleaning!

  3. I HAVE to try this, looks insanely delicious.

  4. Love risotto and love "cleaning out the fridge" recipes! I'm always put off by the thought of making risotto but it is worth it when it is done!

  5. Your risotto is beautiful! It looks delicious!

  6. I love Risotto! A must try for me! THANks for posting!


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