Servings: four to six as a main course.
This warming risotto studded with fresh corn kernels and spicy arugula bridges the transition from summer to fall.
Get a double hit of arugula with a Tomato & Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing.
Have been going through old issues of FC and made this recipe last night. The ingredients are wonderful but I agree with the last reviewer: this is JUST risotto and the instructions were so cumbersome- I felt dizzy trying to follow it. The "tweaks" make it so much easier. Sauted the sausage separately (used two sausages from Whole Foods = ½ lb.), drained some of the oil, added 1 cup frozen white corn and sauted until the corn was getting some golden spots on it. Removed this from the pan and then sauted the leeks and garlic, stirred in the rice and cooked a bit, as you do for risotto. Added the wine and then broth as usual. When the risotto was just about finished, added back the sausage/corn and then just before serving stirred in the fresh baby arugula (and some of the cheese). This let the arugula just wilt and its peppery taste was still noticeable. This was really good! The recipe is a great reminder that risotto, like quiche, is very open to your creativity and using some ingredients that you have on hand. (I usually keep sausages on hand in the freezer) Definitely will make this again- using this more "normal" sequence of making risotto!
5 stars with these tweaks:
Notes: Saute sausage. Take out and drain. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, saute garlic and leek until soft. Add wine and simmer until almost gone. Add rice and stir to coat--may need to all more olive oil. Add broth. Meantime, blanch corn; once cool, cut off cobs. Set aside. Continue to add broth to risotto and stir. Once it's almost done, stir in the sausage, followed by the corn 5 minutes later. Stir, adding liquid as necessary, for about 5 minutes more. Add handfuls of arugula to taste, and stir until wilted. Once done, add zest of one lemon and stir to incorporate. Add cheese, stir, and serve.
I enjoyed this risotto quite a bit. I did cook the arugula and corn with the risotto rather than separately and managed to time it without overcooking. I felt the dish lacked acidity and that the sausage was slightly overcooked. Next time I would cook the sausage separately and add it. Otherwise, great risotto
Made the recipe as it was written. Used a little more sausage than it called for and will use slightly more next time. Made it with the heirloom cherry tomato, fennel and arugula salad. Excellent dinner but time consuming. Will definitely make it again.
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