Tomato and Sausage Risotto
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, in juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 bunch flat-leaf spinach, (10 to 14 ounces), washed well, tough stems removed, chopped (about 7 Cups)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
- 2 tablespoons butter
In a small saucepan, combine tomatoes (with their juice) and 3 cups water. Bring just to a simmer; keep warm over low heat. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add sausage and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up sausage with a spoon, until sausage is opaque and onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add rice; cook, stirring until well coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring until absorbed, about 1 minute. Add about 2 cups hot tomato mixture to rice; simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until absorbed, 4 to 5 minutes. Continue adding tomato mixture, 1 cup at a time, waiting for one cup to be absorbed before adding the next, stirring occasionally, until rice is creamy and just tender, about 25 minutes total (you may not have to use all the liquid).
Remove pan from heat. Stir in spinach, Parmesan, and butter; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately (risotto will thicken as it cools), and sprinkle with additional Parmesan, if desired. (recipe from marthastewart.com)
I prefer the hot Italian sausage and instead of the 3 cups of water I use vegetable or chicken broth. Seems I add about 2 more cups of liquid than the recipe calls for. If you find you are running low in liquid and the rice still needs cooking, add water to the broth/tomato mixture as needed until rice is done and consistency is creamy.