Sausage and Spinach Risotto

Sausage Risotto

Do not listen to the experts that say risotto is difficult. It’s not. It’s quick, easy and stirring constantly is not necessary. Plus it’s a great way to use leftovers. My risottos tend to be a bit ‘hearty’ as we have them as a main course, not a first course.


  • 2/3 cup (4.2oz, 125gr) Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) dry, white wine
  • 2 1/4 cups (18oz, 540ml) chicken stock may not all be used
  • 1/2 onion, chopped other half for the condimenti
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese – freshly grated  (about 2oz, 60gr)
  • Condimenti:
  • 6oz (180gr) sausages, any flavor, hot or not
  • 4oz (120gr) fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 tbs parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil


  • Heat chicken stock and keep hot over low heat.
  • In medium saucepan heat butter over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until transparent.
  • Add rice and sauté stirring, for 2 – 3 minutes until rice has white center.
  • Add white wine and stir.
  • Start condimenti.
  • When wine is almost absorbed add a 1/3 cup of stock, stir.
  • When stock is almost absorbed add another 1/3 cup and continue adding 1/3 cup at a time and stirring.
  • Before the last 1/3 cup taste a few kernels of rice. They should be just ‘al dente’ – slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked. If more stock is needed add it 1/6 cup at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed.
  • At this point risotto will be thick but not stiff – there will still be visible liquid and it will not hold its shape on a plate.
  • Stir in the Parmesan and condimenti, pour into a bowl or risotto platter and serve immediately. It will continue to absorb liquid and the leftovers (if any) will be very stiff.
  • Condimenti:
  • Cut the sausage into 1″ (3cm) pieces.
  • Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add sausages and sauté until sausages are cooked through, 7 – 8 minutes longer.
  • Add spinach and stir until wilted.
  • Turn heat to low and keep warm until needed.


Most of the prep work is done while the rice cooks.

Keywords: risotto, sausage, spinach

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