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Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Risotto

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped or sliced fresh garlic
  • 1 pound good quality lean sweet Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • ¾ pound fresh broccoli rabe, stems sliced into small, thin pieces and rest coarsely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup sweet onion such as Vidalia, diced
  • 1½ cups Arborio rice
  • ½ cup white wine, such as chardonnay
  • 5 cups vegetable stock, plus more as needed
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for serving
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place a four quart heavy-bottomed pot such as this Lagastina Risotto Pot, over a burner and add 3 tablespoons of oil. Bring the heat to medium and once the oil is hot, add garlic.
  2. Sauté garlic for 30 seconds and add sausage meat. Break up meat as it cooks, about five minutes.
  3. Add broccoli rabe and stir and cook for 3-5 minutes or until tender but still a little crisp.
  4. Remove from heat and pour entire contents into a bowl and set aside. Note…If you purchased good quality sausage, there should only be a small amount of fat left after cooking. This will be added back into finished dish later in this recipe. However if your sausage has a high fat content, you may want to drain off some of the fat.
  5. Add the remaining oil along with three tablespoons of the butter and heat over medium heat.
  6. Once hot, add onions and sauté until translucent, about four minutes.
  7. Add rice and stir to coat and cook for one minute.
  8. Add wine and cook until all of the wine has evaporated, about 2-3 minutes. Immediately add one half cup of stock. Cook and stir this until almost all of this first half cup of stock is gone. Then keep adding one half cup of stock at a time, letting it absorb into the rice before adding the next. After about 15-20 minutes, you should have all the stock in and the texture of the rice should be cooked but just slightly chewy. The cooking time will vary depending on how hot your burner is, the quality of the rice, etc. After 12-15 minutes, check texture and adjust remaining cooking time based on the doneness.
  9. Turn off burner and stir in the reserved sausage and broccoli rabe mixture.
  10. Cut the remaining tablespoon of butter into pieces and dot the top of the rice. Sprinkle on the half cup of Parmesan but do not stir. Cover and let sit untouched for five minutes.
  11. Remove lid, fluff and serve with additional Parmesan cheese.
  12. Note: Depending on the brand of sausage you buy, you may or may not need additional salt and pepper. Taste once finished and adjust seasoning as needed.