Make this with the most flavorful sweet Italian sausage you can
Use either fresh or canned peeled and chopped plum
tomatoes, but be sure to use fresh basil.
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage, with casings removed and crumbled
Brown the sausage in a heavy skillet, stirring and breaking up
into small pieces with the side of a fork.
4 - 5 cups light chicken broth, preferably homemade (bouillon
cubes will serve well also)
2 tablespoons Olio Carli olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked Italian Arborio rice
1/2 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped fresh or canned plum
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano, plus more to taste
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons packed torn fresh basil leaves
Spoon out 1
tablespoon of the sausage fat and set aside.
Drain and discard
the remaining fat and set aside the browned sausage.
Heat the chicken broth in a small saucepan until boiling.
the heat to maintain a steady simmer.
Combine the reserved sausage fat and olive oil in a heavy
saucepan and heat over low heat.
Add the onion and saute,
stirring, until golden about 8 minutes.
Add the garlic and saute
1 minute more.
Stir in the rice and saute over low heat, stirring,
about 2 minutes.
Add enough of the hot broth (about 1/2 cup) to just cover the
Adjust the heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook the
rice, stirring constantly, until almost all the broth has been
absorbed, about 3 - 4 minutes.
Add another ladle of broth (about 1/2 cup).
constantly, until all the broth has been absorbed.
adding the broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, and cooking and
Add the next ladleful when the broth is absorbed and
the rice begins to pull away from the sides of the pan as it is
Add the tomatoes, chopped basil, and half of the
reserved cooked sausage during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Cook until the rice is creamy and firm but not chalky in the
center when it is tasted.
The total cooking time is about 25 - 35
Remove from the heat.
Stir in the butter, cheese, and salt.
Briefly reheat the reserved browned sausage.
Spoon the risotto
onto the plates, divide the warmed sausage evenly among the
Sprinkle with the ground pepper and basil leaves.
with additional grated cheese on the side.