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Risotto con salsiccia e zafferano

Risotto con salsiccia

Risotto with sausage and saffron

Ingredients: (5 Servings)

450 g Arborio Rice

350 g sausage

2 small yellow onions

140 ml dry white wine

1,5 L chicken broth

0,1 g saffron

1 tea spoon thyme

salt, pepper to taste

40 g butter

2 table spoons of extra-virgin olive oil

50 g grated Parmesan cheese


Bring your broth to a boil.

Peel and thinly chop the onions.

Remove the sausage from its casing and break it up into small pieces.

In a tall pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.


Add the sausage and continue breaking it up with the help of a wooden spoon. Keep stirring.

When the sausage looses its pink color, add 70 ml of wine and keep stirring until it has evaporated.

Set a timer to 18 minutes.

Add the rice and stir until the rice is “toasted” and coated, about 2 minutes.

Add the rest of the wine and continue to cook and stir until the liquid is absorbed.

Add roughly 125 ml of chicken stock at the time.

You need to be stirring the risotto constantly and making sure the broth is completely absorbed before adding more.

After 16 minutes, add the saffron, thyme, salt and pepper to taste.

When your timer rings after 18 minutes, remove the risotto from the heat.

Add the butter and grated Parmesan cheese. Stir until the butter has completely melted.

Spoon into warm soup plates and serve.


  1. This looks like a wonderful way to prepare risotto, Francesca. I cannot wait to share your recipe with my Zia. We make our own sausage and, the next time we do, we’ll set aside a little for that night’s risotto dinner — and we’ll tip our wine glasses to you! Salute!

    • I am glad you like it! With a home made sausage it will be even better! Let me know how it turns out when you try it! Is your Zia italian? If you printed out the recipe I made a little correction on the saffron, it is 0,1 g of saffron, one dosage, I made a typing mistake and wrote 1 g! But now it has been corrected. Have a great day!

      • Yes, Francesca, Zia is my Mom’s Sister and she is the young girl on the right in the heading photo of all of my posts. Don’t worry about the saffron. Neither Mom nor Zia liked saffron. I didn’t know what it was until I left home. 🙂

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