Mamma Fossa's Northern Italian Risotto with Italian Sausage

  • Yield: 6 servings

"I hope you enjoy my Mamma's recipe for risotto."


1pound Italian sausage
4tablespoons butter
1/2cup olive oil
3cloves garlic
1medium onion, finely chopped
4 1/2cups chicken stock
1/8teaspoon ground nutmeg
1cup white cooking wine
1 1/2cups instant rice (risotto or orzo)
1 (4-ounce) can mushroom pieces
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
6ounces grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Remove the sausage from its casings. Brown it, and drain the grease. In a Dutch oven, heat the butter and olive oil, and saute the garlic and onion until golden. In the same pot, add the chicken stock, nutmeg, wine, sausage, rice, and mushrooms. Stir constantly to keep the rice from sticking. Add the tomato sauce and cheese near the end of cooking (when the rice softens). The tomato sauce will turn the rice a light pink. Add more cheese if desired.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: Remember to stir constantly or the rice will stick. This makes a great meal when served with a salad and garlic bread.


Recipe by TomFossa, Claremore, Okla.