Sausage Risotto Primavera

By News Canada

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Colourful, loaded with delicious vegetables yet hearty and warming. 

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
6 to 8 servings

What You'll Need: 

  • 1/4 cup Mazola RightBlend! canola and olive oil blend (or your preferred brand)
  • 3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed (Recipe Tip: Try using sausage made from chicken, turkey or pork for a healthier choice.)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chicken flavour bouillon powder
  • 6 cups very hot water
  • Another 3 tablespoons Mazola RightBlend! canola and olive oil blend (or your preferred brand)
  • 4 cups diced fresh vegetables, such as red and yellow bell peppers, asparagus, broccoli florets, zucchini, peas, butternut squash and carrot (Cook dense vegetables like carrots or squash first and after a minute or two add the other vegetables)
  • 1 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

What You'll Need to Do:

  1. Heat pan and cook sausage until well done. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a seperate large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until softened.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high. Add the rice and stir until completely coated with oil; cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in white wine and cook until almost dry, 1 to 2 minutes
  5. Combine bouillon powder and hot water and mix until blend. Add 1 cup of broth to rice, stirring constantly, until most of the liquid is absorbed by the rice.
  6. Gradually stir in remaining broth 1 cup at a time, cooking and stirring until liquid is absorbed before adding the next cup.
  7. While rice is cooking, heat 3 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add vegetables and saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp tender. Stir in sausage, remove from heat; set aside until risotto is nearly finished cooking. 
  8. Risotto is ready after the last cup of broth has been stirred in and rice has thickened. 
  9. Remove from heat and stir in vegetable mixture and Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Top with additional shaved Parmesan, if desired, and serve immediately.

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