Weekly recipe attempt: Everyday Italian

Dirty RisottoOk before you say anything, I know the last recipe I did was one of Giada's as well, but the thing is, I had leftover pancetta from the biscuits and saw an opportunity to use it up, so I took it.  I decided to make Giada De Laurentiis' Dirty Risotto from the August 23rd episode. 

Weekly recipe attempt: Dirty Risotto

I took a certain amount of liberty with this recipe.  Giada's called for Italian sausage, but I don't like sausage.  I was willing to give it a try, until I saw how much it was in the grocery store.  It wasn't that expensive, but you only needed one in this recipe but they come 5 to a pack.  I wouldn't eat the other 4, so it would be a waste of money for me.  To compensate for the lack of spiciness without the sausage, I added some red pepper flakes and a couple of dashes of hot sauce, which I feel worked out best in my opinion.  If you like sausage, by all means use it.  My version didn't have as much depth as it was supposed to, but it was delicious nonetheless.

I had never made risotto before.  Honestly, I was a little nervous.  It wasn't the kind of dish you could put on the stove and walk away from.  You have to watch it and stir it constantly.  It was a little more work than I was used to, but it was necessary and a little relaxing after a while.  Pour the broth.  Stir the rice.  Watch the bubbles.  Pour the broth.  Stir the rice.  Watch the bubbles.  I did that for half an hour.  The time and effort paid off.  I made a good batch of risotto, although I think I should of stopped at 4 and a half cups of broth as opposed to 5.  It was a little too creamy, but still delicious.  I give this one an 8 out of 10.  If you like sausage, perhaps the original version of the risotto witll give it a 9 or a 10.  Definitly try this one.  Risotto isn't as hard as it looks.


  1. Valerie Said:

    Risotto is so delicious and versatile. My favorite is sundried tomato with turkey or chicken sausage. Chicken and mushroom is quite tasty as well. A great way to use up leftover veggies and meat. It is definitely worth the 30 minutes of stirring. I recommend having a glass of your favorite vino while you cook. Just don't attempt this dish if you are in a hurry or don't want to pour the broth, stir the rice, and watch the bubbles. Did you check out your local meat counter? You can usually buy sausage by the "link". I know you can at Henry's.

  2. Jessica Said:

    I'm sure there is a way to get sausage by the link, but I don't like sausage. I don't see the point of going out of my way to buy something I don't really like. If I'm going to try something new, I need it to be easy, cheap and right there in front of me. But it is a useful tip for those who go out and bargain hunt and like sausage.

  3. Valerie Said:

    My favorite Italian Chef/Instructor at Great News cooking school is having a risotto class. I have to keep up on my email this weekend and sign up! Yeah!! Risotto, the perfect winter comfort food.

  4. goodcook Said:

    If you only need one link, then ask at the meat counter. It's easy, and cheap!

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