With another tried and true delicious dish, I’m back to share another recipe using Knorr’s fabulous Chicken Concentrate stock. This time my friend, Tammy and I decided on a comforting risotto for our dinner. I’ve cooked risotto a few times in the past and I will tell you that this one is packed full of flavor. Delish!
It helps to have everything ready to go before you get started. Chopped onions, chunks of Italian sausage, and the risotto ready and waiting.
Spices and herbs.
Melt that butter.
This dish came out of a book called Risotto.
Sauteed onion and celery.
Add the sausage and brown it up good.
Remove the sausage after it has browned all over.
Begin adding the chicken stock one ladle at a time. If you haven’t cooked risotto before, it’s important to cook it slow and let that stock soak in well. It will thicken the risotto and make it very creamy.
Keep adding the stock and as it thickens, add a bit more. It will cook down.
Eventually, after about 30 minutes or so, it will cook down and become even creamier.
Add fresh parmesan cheese at the end and stir.
Stir it all in and you’ll have a delicious creamy risotto with so much flavor. You will love it!
We drooled over this dish and it is positively yummy heaven. If you like Italian sausage, I do believe you’ll love this one.
Sausage & Rosemary Risotto
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
generous 5 1/2 cups chicken stock (I used 2 Knorr Chicken Concentrate stock packs, makes 7 cups)
2 TBL olive oil
2 oz. butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1 lb. pork sausage cut into 1/2 inch pieces (We used spicy Italian)
generous 1 5/8 cups risotto rice
1/2 cup fruity red wine
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Strip leaves & chop rosemary sprigs, set aside.
Bring stock to a boil in a pan, then reduce heat and keep simmering gently over low heat while you are cooking the risotto.
Heat the oil and 1/2 the butter in a deep pan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic, thyme, sausage, and rosemary. Cook, stirring frequently for 3 minutes, or until the sausage starts to brown. Transfer the sausage to a plate.
Reduce the heat, add the rice, and mix to coat in oil and butter. Cook, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes, or until the grains are translucent.
Add the wine and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute until reduced.
Gradually add the hot stock, a ladleful at a time. Stir constantly and add more liquid as the rice absorbs each addition. Increase the heat to medium so that the liquid bubbles. Cook for 20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is creamy.
Toward the end of the cooking, return the sausage pieces to the risotto and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Remove from the heat and add the remaining butter. Mix well, then stir in the Parmesan until it melts. Spoon the risotto onto warmed plates, garnish with rosemary sprigs.
(Note: We did not add the extra butter at the end, it was plenty creamy).
This is a fantastic risotto dish and is you enjoy Italian sausage, you will love it! Rich, creamy, flavorful, comfort food. Everything you want for this time of year.
Sounds and looks delicious Rhoda! I’ll give it a try. Thanks!
Susan and Bentley
I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for showing everything so deliciously! My mouth is watering and breakfast doesn’t look so good anymore!!
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One word – yum!
Richella @ Imparting Grace says
Rhoda, this sounds delicious! I haven’t had much luck with risotto, and I think maybe I’ve been adding all the liquid at once and just letting it cook. I’m going to try this method of adding the liquid gradually. Also, I’m guessing chicken stock would be better than chicken broth. I am so glad to have discovered this Knorr product! I used to never keep stock on hand, mostly because it’s so much more expensive than broth. But Knorr has made it easy to always have stock on hand and ready to go. Definitely a winner!
Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says
I am definitely trying this recipe. I haven’t found the Knorr stock in my area, but I’m looking! I love risotto, and I probably have the same cookbook. I will have to substitute vegetable stock for the chicken. My husband is allergic to chicken! How crazy is that? Won’t matter because there will be so many other flavors going on in this dish.
janet metzger says
Mr. Secret Agent is out of town and I don’t feel like cooking…when will you (and my risotto) be here?
[email protected] The Picket Fence says
Oh my goodness! Looks fabulous Rhoda. I’ve never made risotto with sausage, I know I would love this! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Krystle @ Color Transformed Family says
I don’t think I should have read this so close to lunch time. It makes my peanut butter and jelly pita sound depressing! I am sure this is quite tasty. Thanks for sharing.
Debra @ Bungalow says
I love risotto. You would like my butternut squash risotto I posted about last week. It’s yummy too. 🙂
I bought some Knorr stock but haven’t used it yet. I’ll bet it’s really flavorful.
This looks Amazing! I LOVE risotto. Thanks for sharing.
How did you know that I had leftover sausages and lots of fresh rosemary in the house?
Thanks for deciding what we’re having for dinner 🙂
Oh my goodness! This looks yummy and I love Italian sausage, and risotto
I just have never put the two together. Might have to run to the market.(We ate the last of our italian sausage Monday.) blessings to you and your family
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
I love risotto, Rhoda, and I think my hubby would love this one with the sausage. I’m going to print this recipe out and give it a try. Thank you for sharing it!
I had never tried Risotto before, but this recipe was wonderful!! I made it for my family this weekend. My only complaint is that it took a good bit of time to make, which I didn’t realize in advance. But the smell and the flavor were delish! I was able to use rosemary and fresh thyme from my garden.