Recipe for tonight

Thursday, February 25, 2010 |
One of my favorite restaurants in Mystic serves the most amazing risotto. It's creamy and thick; it melts in your mouth and each bite just gets better and better.

I've never made risotto before. To be honest I've been rather afraid of it ~ I have no explanation of this fear. I'd consider myself to be a very seasoned cook of sorts and often make up my own recipes.

 After talking with a friend, I decided to face my fear and take on a risotto recipe.

Seriously now, I thought this was going to be such a flop that I had our local pizza place on speed dial so I could call in an emergency order.

I'm happy to say that no only was it easy {I have no idea where this displaced fear came from}, it was delicious! 
I will be making this again very soon. 

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Tomato and Sausage Risotto

1 can {28oz} Fire Roasted Tomatoes
3 cups water
1 Tbs olive oil
1 lb Italian sausage {I used turkey sausage}
1 large onion chopped
1 cup Arborio rice
1cup dry white wine
10 cups baby spinach
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbs butter

In a pan combine tomatoes and their juice with 3 cups water and bring to a strong simmer.

Heat olive oil and cook the sausage and onion until no longer pink and onions are tender. Add the rice and wine. Cook for about 3 minutes.

To the rice mixture, add 2 cups of the tomatoes. Simmer and stir until absorbed. Continue to add tomatoe mixure 1 cup at a time. Wait until absorbed before adding more. This process will take about 25 minutes.

Once all the liquid has been added, turn off the heat and stir in the spinach, cheese, and butter. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

A tossed veggie salad goes very nicely with this dish.

Bon Appetite

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Audra said...

This sounds AMAZING! My mouth is watering! I have the same fear, seriously! I don't know why, I guess I figure it could go south really quickly.

You've given me the courage to give it a try this weekend. I just might have to have the local pizza place on speed dial...just in case mine doesn't turn out!

Suburban Princess said...

MMMMmmmmmm! My mouth is watering!

Pink Martini said...

Hi Jo! I am so glad you visited my blog and entered my cookie give-away. This recipe looks so good. I think people are intimidated by the time needed to stir the risotto. What do you think?

I remember visiting Mystic when I was very young and my mom bought me a silver whale pin when we visited Mystic Seaport. I still have it. I would love to visit again one day. :)

EntertainingMom said...

I never make risotto... I don't know why. I love it and I bet my kids would too! This one looks especially delish!

Kristin said...

My Mom can cook amazing risotto...I still have a fear honestly too so know you are not alone. That recipe looks yummmm!

Hoping your weekend wonderful Jo!

bevysblog said...

I love your recipes and have printed them all out for my recipe book... all credited to you. I even served Hodge Podge pasta a few nights ago. My MIL asked where I got the recipe, so I said, "Oh, my good friend, Jo." Love it!!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

This looks so good!! Good for you for facing your fears..... That is one thing I have never tried to cook myself.....even though I LOVE IT!!

Enjoy your weekend!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jo,

I often make rissotto and it is one of those recipes that is good when you have not taken anything out of the freezer.
I often put crispy bacon and mushrooms in mine, which is tasty.
Your recipe sounds great.

Happy weekend

Kathy said...


Thank you for the kind comments on my blog.

This recipe looks wonderful! I'll have to try it. I too love risotto so this will be a great one to add into my menu planning. Thanks for sharing!


Holly said...

I just copied this...hubby loves risotto. I have never made it...I am scared...but that looks good and - yeah! - something new to cook!

Mary Lou Rutledge said...

I have to go to the store to buy the ingredients. Look yummy!!!

Busymom3 said...

This looks absolutely delicious. I am afraid of making it too, I think its from watching too much Hells Kitchen and watching Gordon Ramsey screaming at everyone over the rissoto. I may get brave and give this one a try. By the way I left something for you on my blog please stop by when you get a chance.

monogramgirl said...

I am a risotto I definitely have to try this. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

Henley on the Horn said...

You make so beautiful meals!!! Thank you for sharing. I didn't realize you live in Mystic. We loved seeing your beautiful town when we drove to Woods Hole one summer. It is lovely.

FEDERICA said...

Mmmmmm looks delicious!

3 Peanuts said...

Yummy. I love risotto. Looks delish!

The Hayden Family said...

That recipe/picture looks absolutely positively DELICIOUS! It's on the docket for Thursday night! I trust you so much that I am making a double recipe to take to a friend that just had a baby!


Eloise said...

That sounds fabulous! I love risotto but don't remember to make it very often. I use a pressure cooker when I do fix risotto which makes it very easy and cooks it quickly.

Thank you for the recipe!

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