Risotto is a versatile and comforting dish that can be easily customized with various ingredients. In this blog post, we will explore a mouthwatering recipe for sausage and fennel risotto. The combination of savory sausage and aromatic fennel creates a delightful symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. This hearty and satisfying dish is perfect for a cozy family dinner or a special gathering with friends. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get ready to cook up some deliciousness!

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Sausage and Fennel Risotto

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  • Author: Jennifer Richmond
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes


Courtesy of Food and Wine



3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1-pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed, meat crumbled

1 large fennel bulb, halved, cored and thinly sliced

5 1/2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade

1 small onion, finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 cups arborio rice (10 ounces)

Pinch of saffron threads

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino-Romano cheese

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a simmer; keep warm.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook over high heat, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 8 minutes longer. Cover and keep warm.

In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook, for 1 minute stirring constantly to thoroughly coat it with the fat. Crumble the saffron into the wine and add it to the rice. Cook, stirring until the wine is absorbed.

Add 1 cup of the warm stock and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until nearly absorbed. Continue adding the stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until it is nearly absorbed between additions. The risotto is done when the rice is al dente and suspended in a thick, creamy sauce, about 20 minutes total.

Season the risotto with salt and pepper. Stir in the sausage and fennel along with the cheese, butter and parsley. Serve immediately.


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