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posted: 05/08/13

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Tomato Sausage Risotto is my all time favorite dish. Rich, delicious and comes together with just five ingredients. Super easy to make and gorgeous to serve!

My all time favorite dish. It's rich in flavor and pretty healthy too!

This Tomato Sausage Risotto is hands down my favorite dinner in the world. I could eat the ENTIRE dish by myself. It’s not hard to make, though it is a little time intensive. But I love it so much that I have a picture of me standing at the stove, stirring the risotto slowly with one hand, and holding a newborn Quinn in the other arm nursing her. Nothing will stop me from making this, not even a nursing baby.

Tomato Sausage Risotto | This risotto is my all time favorite dish. It's rich in flavor and pretty healthy too!

What is Risotto, Anyway?

Risotto is much more than just rice. The creamy Italian dish tastes and looks a lot like macaroni and cheese, if mac and cheese were made with rice. Instead of letting the rice boil, you add a small amount of liquid at a time, which allows the grain to release its starches, turning the whole thing into a creamy, velvety texture. From there you can add all kinds of flavors and ingredients. The possibilities are endless!

Tomato Sausage Risotto | This risotto is my all time favorite dish. It's rich in flavor and pretty healthy too!

Tip for Creamy Risotto without Dairy

This is originally a Martha Stewart recipe. I’ve tweaked it a little bit (to cut some calories), but you will be equally happy with the original. This dish cooks so slowly, that the taste is really rich. If you cut out the dairy (like I did) you won’t miss it at all. Just remember that the key to risotto is long time over low heat, and add your liquid slowly. (Not poured in slowly, rather a little bit at a time slowly.)

Tomato Sausage Risotto | This risotto is my all time favorite dish. It's rich in flavor and pretty healthy too!

How to Make Tomato Sausage Risotto

There are countless ways to make risotto, but this recipe, with its rich tomato flavor, savory sausage and creamy sauce it such a crowd pleaser! You can make it for your family or for a fancy dinner and you’ll be the star! Here’s what to do:

  1. First, simmer a can of tomatoes and some water until it starts to boil. Turn it down to low and keep and eye on it.
  2. In a large skillet, crumble and brown some Italian sausage until it’s no longer pink.
  3. Next, add the Arborio rice and cook for a minute.
  4. Add white wine, a little at a time, stirring constantly.
  5. Next add about two cups of the tomato and water mixture (again, a little bit at a time) and stir until the rice has soaked up all that delicious liquid.
  6. Remove it from the heat and slowly stir in some baby spinach leaves until they wilt.
  7. Finally, top the beautiful risotto with some parmesan cheese.

What to Serve with Risotto

This Tomato Sausage Risotto is a meal all on its own, or you can pair it with a simple green salad, some crusty bread or side vegetable.

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Tomato Sausage Risotto

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Ingredients

  • 32 ounces crushed tomatos I like Glen Muir with the basil flavor
  • 1 package of Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage I use Jennie-O
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine I use whatever is open in my fridge, sweet, dry, whatever
  • 1 9 ounce bag of washed baby spinach
  • parmesan cheese for serving optional

Instructions

  • Pour tomatoes into a medium saucepan. Fill the can up with water and add it to the tomatoes. Set it to medium low heat and cover. Keep an eye on it. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat to low.
  • While the tomatoes heat, spray a large deep skillet with cooking spray and put it over medium heat. Remove the sausage from their casings, and add it to the skillet. Cook it, breaking it apart, until it is no longer pink.
  • Add the arborio rice, and cook for about a minute. Turn the heat to medium low, and add the wine. Stir and allow the arborio rice to soak up the wine.
  • Once the wine is absorbed, add two cups of the tomato/water mixture. Stir and allow the rice to absorb it. Continue to add the liquid one cup at a time, waiting for it to absorb before adding more.
  • Once the rice is creamy and tender, remove it from the heat. (You may not need all the liquid.) Stir in the spinach a little at a time, letting it wilt.
  • Serve, topping with the parmesan cheese, or just sit by yourself and eat the entire pot.
Author: Lisa Longley

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  1. Tara @ Suburble says

    Okay – risotto? I’m sold. I love it. I just don’t love the standing in front of my stove for half an hour. Maybe this recipe will get me to try it again…

    • Lisa Longley says

      Okay, Tara, you may have stumbled upon one of the big reasons I love this recipe . . . a little wine for the risotto, a little wine for Lisa, a little wine for the risotto, a little wine for Lisa . . . :) It makes the half hour go a LOT faster.

  2. cooking with curls says

    Mmmmm, I love risotto! I will have to try this one :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Oh man! You do!!! My all time favorite risotto! Sooooo good!!

  3. Michele Alger says

    That looks truly delicious! I just ate at Olive Garden tonight and that looks every bit as tasty as anything there, probably even more! ;)

  4. Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com says

    My family won’t eat cooked tomatoes or spinach either! So weird! They are missing out. You can make this for me Lisa. I would lick the bowl clean!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Risotto is my Favorite!! This looks SO good. I want!

  6. Jocelyn says

    I do hear little whispers telling me I need this risotto for dinner :-) It looks very very good!!!

  7. TheTastyFork says

    OH YUM!!I love risotto! Totally worth the effort. I will be trying this!

  8. Heather Kinnaird says

    LOVE this recipe Lisa – we had risotto this week too:)

  9. Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles says

    I love risotto and this sounds wonderful!

  10. Kelly Miller says

    This looks delicious, Lisa! Definitely trying this one soon, I love risotto. :)

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