Thursday, February 14, 2013

French Onion Risotto


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I LOVE risotto. Like love love it. I got hooked on it a few years ago when my friend Lisa sent me a tomato-sausage risotto recipe from Martha Stewart. Since then I've made about 10 different recipes and have yet to meet one I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Mushroom risotto, butternut squash risotto, roasted vegetable risotto with truffle oil, edamame risotto, red wine risotto....need I say more?! Rich, creamy, delicious.....and actually very easy to make!



I used to think making risotto was out of my league. Probably because the only place I had ever had it was at a fancy little steakhouse where they used a crumb scraper on our table after every (other) bite of bread! But then I tried making it, and I realized that if you're willing to stand at the stove and stir, you're good to go...the stirring is the hardest part!



(Of course....I never tell anyone that....) It's kinda nice to have a go-to "fancy" dish - something to serve on a special occasion or anytime you want to impress someone!

Shortly after I started blogging, I came up with my first "original" risotto recipe - Hallowine Risotto, made with a delicious spiced apple wine. Since then, I've had my eyes open for a new delicious combo....so when I saw this at the grocery store, I knew right away I'd found my inspiration!


Add some mushrooms, sausage, and parmesan cheese....and you have yourself an amazing (fancy-ish) meal. Great for a date night, a girls' night, or a family dinner! (My kiddos loved it!!)

French Onion Risotto
2 cups Pacific Organic French Onion Soup
2 cups water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 package (approx 1 lb) sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
8 oz. mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

1. Combine soup and water; bring to a simmer and keep warm over low heat.
2. In a large stockpot, heat oil over med-high heat. Add sausage and onion; cook 5 min.
3. Add mushrooms and cook until sausage is opaque.
4. Add rice and stir constantly to toast, 1-2 min.
5. Reduce heat to medium. Add 2 cups soup mixture and stir occasionally until fully absorbed. Continue stirring and add soup 1/2 cup at a time, waiting until it has been fully absorbed before adding more. Cook and stir until rice is creamy and tender.
7. Remove from heat, stir in Parmesan, and serve.
Enjoy!







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38 comments :

  1. I kind of love the fact that you have to stand at the stove and stir. Glass of wine in one hand, and spoon in the other. :)

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    1. Yes! Me too!!! Glass of wine is key.... :)

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  2. Yum, looks so good! I have always wanted to try making risotto, now I think I have the confidence to try :)

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    1. I sure hope so....I promise you it's easy!!

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  3. What a clever idea to add in the pre-made soup to the risotto! I was actually really disappointed with the risotto when I first tried it at a (mediocre) Italian restaurant. Cooking it at home helped me realize how delicious it can be!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Yes, I love making risotto at home because you can make it as flavorful as you want!

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  4. This looks delicious...Rissotto is one of those dishes that I've never tried fearing I'm going to mess it up...I might give this one a try! Thanks for posting. Hopped over from the Sew-licious Decor party!. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Lizbeth! Yes, I hope you try it.... I promise you won't mess it up! Just keep stirring!! :)

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  5. This looks amazing!! Combining french onion flavour, sausage AND mushrooms to risotto can't go wrong! I'll definitely be trying this out, thanks for posting!

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! I hope you give it a try - you'll like it!!

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  6. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com



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  7. Your risotto looks absolutely delicious! I love different risottos, and this one sounds so good!

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    1. Thanks, Maria! I love risotto, too....so I am always experimenting with new ones!

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  8. This looks delicious. I have had a box of risotto rice for a long time and need to use it. Thank you for sharing.Pinned.

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Yes, use your risotto rice with this recipe!! You'll love it!

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  9. I like risotto, too. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! What's not to like, right??

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  10. That looks really yummy. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to making it.
    Leslie
    www.thememorynest.blogspot.com

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  11. Looks yummy I love making risottos too so will be trying this one for sure!

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    1. Yes, please do! It will be your new favorite :)

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  12. YUMMY! This looks so delicious. I have to try this one. Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Just pinned, too! :)
    hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! I hope you try it - you'll love it!

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  13. I am soooo stealing this recipe!! The kid is going to love it!! Thank you for sharing it @ someday crafts blog party, I may not have found you.

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    1. You're right, Deanne! Kids do love it!! Thanks for stopping by my little blogging corner :)

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  14. Visiting from Thursday's Treasures.
    I love risotto. I love making risotto. And I think it is so smart to use french onion soup as the liquid!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I appreciate your comment! Glad you visited :)

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  15. Love the little cheat with the french onion soup box. I've bought this before... pinning your recipe and making it soon.

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  16. This looks so scrumptious! Pinned!
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

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  17. Yum! I've never made risotto but that looks so good!

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  18. I love Risotto I'll have to give this a try!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Andie @ Maybeiwill.com

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  19. Oh my. YUM! This looks amazing.... Thanks so much for coming to party at Super Saturday Show & Tell :) I hope you'll come again next week. xoxo~ Ruthie

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  20. I have always been afraid of risotto. I burn water;) But maybe I will try it soon! I have had it before and love the taste!

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  21. Looks great, I can't wait to try this out! Thank you so much for participating and sharing it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase Party!

    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/02/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-21.html

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  22. I love French Onion! I've never made risotto though. I'll have to try it. Tank you for sharing on Foodie Friday

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  23. What a great idea. I hadn't thought about using a soup mix before. Love the creativity. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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  24. I've never had risotto and see it on so many cooking shows! Looks good!

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