I haven't made risotto in a really long time. It doesn't really fit the healthy eating plan and it's not exactly the fastest meal to complete. I don't think it's particularly hard. Once I figured out how to make risotto, I actually find it soothing. It's just that on busy nights, it takes a while and when I'm really hungry, I don't want to wait. But I saw this recipe on pinterest (where else?) and the concept of using tomatoes and tomato juices instead of broth was so intriguing, I couldn't help but try it. The recipe definitely doesn't have the rich broth flavor of most risottos, but it's amazingly complex and delicious in its own right. I loved that it was completely full of spinach and sausage and goodness. I will most definitely make this dinner again. It's such a great meal in one bowl and so hearty. Give it a try!
Tomato and Sausage Risotto
recipe from here
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed (I used turkey)
1 small onion, finely chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 bunch flat-leaf spinach (10 to 14 ounces), washed well, tough stems removed, chopped (about 7 cups)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
2 tablespoons butter
I have to start by saying apparently my camera decided to poop out this weekend. The pictures are horrible. All of them are out of focus and blurry and I'm so sorry. I'm going to post them anyway so that you can see the steps but I won't blame you if you get nauseous from the blurred effect.