Weeknight Dinners

New York Times Risotto

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Wisconsin was almost 50* on Saturday creating some amazing outside play time with gorgeous shining sun! We took advantage and played in the yard to shake off the winter grumps. It was wonderful. When we came inside, we were pooped and watched a movie and meal planned for the upcoming week. I don’t recommend the My Little Pony movie.

As I was reading the New York Times today, I found a tasty risotto recipe. I love risotto and so do the kids. It’s like fancy mac n cheese. It takes a long time to make, but it’s a labor of love and you can literally see the creamy goodness set up while you’re stirring.

Risotto with Sausage and Parsley

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet or hot Italian sausage
  • 2 tbsp evoo
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 5-6 cups chicken stock
  • 1-2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup packed and grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves

Directions

  1. In a large dutch oven over medium heat, crumble the meat out of the casing and render the fat out of it. If its sticking to the pan too much, ad some olive oil, one tbsp at a time.
  2. sprinkle salt and pepper over sausage and continue to cook over medium hi heat
  3. Cook meat for approximately 10 minutes, remove the sausage from the pan and set aside in a bowl.
  4. Reserve 1 tbsp rendered fat from the sausage and set aside
  5. Pour the stock into a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer
  6. While you heat the stock, heat your dutch oven to medium low heat and add 1 tbsp butter, reserved sausage fat. When the butter starts to foam, add the onion and cook 5-7 minutes. Add the rice and stir until coated add another tbsp of fat and stir until translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Raise the heat under the rice to medium and add the wine to the dutch oven. Add ladle fulls of broth to the rice stirring constantly (I like to use a whisk for this). Make sure that the rice absorbs each ladle full of liquid before you add the next. This will take a while and a lot of stirring, approximately 20-30 minutes. You may not need all of the broth.
  8. Remove the dutch oven from the heat and add the cheese and sausage. stir. squeeze the lemon over the rice and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with parsley and more Parmesan cheese.
  9. Yield 6-8
  10. Enjoy!!!

I can’t wait to try this recipe. The New York Times has never failed me. Well, some of their recipes are quite advanced. I try to stick with things in my wheel house 🙂 Risotto is one of them:)

Have a great week + stay healthy!

 

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White Cheddar & Bacon Risotto

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It’s the night before the first day of school and our house is all a buzz. The kids have been busy getting their outfits ready, shoes out, backpacks packed (although pretty empty since we did the ship-directly-to-my-school-awesomeness this year). Exciting day in our household. Last minute haircuts, too! (Did you notice the Ninja Turtle jammies in the photo above? That was a last minute Amazon Prime purchase since poor buddy didn’t have any that fit :))

For dinner tonight, I wanted something cozy since the nights have been getting cooler. Something I gladly welcome. I love this time of year. Football, chai tea lattes, light jackets, snuggly sweatshirts, mums, pops of color from brightly changing leaves, new school, new conversation, new friends, and comforting food. Essentially, a new chapter.

As I was flipping though this months Cooking Light Magazine for meal inspiration, I found this recipe and immediately I had to make it.

Risotto.

If you’re stressed, make this recipe. If you’re not stressed, make this recipe.

Risotto requires lots of stirring, and the bonus, it’s made WITH wine, so you have to sample along the way, of course!?

We had clean plate club all around. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did. It was DELISH. Probably my favorite recipe for all of 2017 so far….and that says a lot!

If you can, pick up this month’s Cooking Light Magazine, its worth it. Many excellent quick recipes.

White Cheddar and Bacon Risotto

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 bacon slices
  • 1 1/4 cups diced onion
  • 1 cup Arborio rice (make sure you check your manufacturing facility, not all rice is safe)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine ( used old stand by Kim Crawford)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 ounces white cheddar cheese,shredded (3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Directions

  1. Bring stock and thyme sprigs to a simmer in a saucepan over medium; keep warm over low.
  2. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven (or large kettle or big frying pan with high sides) over medium for 4 minutes or until crisp. Remove from pan; crumble. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring to coat. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. Stir in 1 1/2 cups stock; cook 4 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring frequently. Add 2 1/4 cups stock, 3/4 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion is absorbed before adding more. Reserve remaining 1/4 cup stock; discard thyme sprigs. Stir in salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in peas, chopped thyme, and cheese; cook 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat; stir in reserved 1/4 cup stock. Divide rice mixture among 4 bowls; top with green onions and bacon.