Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dirty Risotto Recipe

It is no secret that Dan and I love risotto. We've gotten pretty darn good at making it too. This is the first recipe we ever made and decided to pull it out this weekend because we had all the ingredients in the house. Don't be intimidated. You too can make it.

Dirty Risotto
Adapted from Giada on Foodnetwork

5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
2 ounces bacon, chopped
3 Italian sausage links, casing removed
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
4 ounces mushrooms, coarsely chopped (we like baby portabello or button)
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan


In a medium saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer. Cover the broth and keep warm over low heat.

In a large heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the bacon and sausage and saute until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and mushrooms and saute until tender, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the wine and simmer until the wine has almost completely evaporated, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of simmering broth and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking the rice, adding the broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of broth to absorb before adding the next, until the rice is tender but still firm to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 25 to 30 minutes total. Remove from the heat. Stir in 3/4 of the Parmesan. Transfer the risotto to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and serve immediately.


  1. True confession ........I've never eaten risotto, but this sounds yummy

  2. Risotto is one of my new favorite things... I will have to try this!