Servings: two as a main course.
Risotto of Sweet Italian Sausage & Broccoli Raab is an easy, hearty dinner that cooks up fast. Use the mildest sausage you can find.
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Bring the broth to a boil; lower the heat to a simmer. In a large, heavy-gauge saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Stir in the rice, toasting just until it starts to sizzle and pop, about 1 minute. It should not color. Add the sausage and garlic. Stir, breaking up the meat into small bits, until the sausage has lost its pink color, about 1 minute. Pour in the wine.
Continue adding broth and checking until the rice is just al dente, about 20 minutes total cooking time. Bite into a grain; you should see a small white pin-dot in the center. Take the risotto off the heat and stir vigorously for a few seconds. Fold in the pepper, cheese, and a pinch of salt if needed. Stir in a few tablespoons of broth to loosen the risotto, if you like. Serve immediately.
I substituted chicken broth for beef broth and used wild boar German sausage. Plus I added a half of a lemon's juice. The broccoli raab came from our garden. Amazing dish!
I admit to a heavy adlibI had hot Italian sausage and broccoli at home, so made the recipe with these. Very simple and quite tasty. I'm sure with the sausage the recipe calls for and raab, it would be equally delicious.
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