Asparagus Risotto & Italian Sausage

Asparagus Risotto & Italian Sausage

He is how to make the perfect mouthwatering 'risotto' - with a Mariano twist.

Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium
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  • 2 links Capital Italian Sausage (hot or mild)

  • 1/2 Bunch Asparagus

  • 1 Shallot

  • 1 Mariano drop-size Olive Oil

  • 1 cup Carnaroli Rice

  • 2 cups Beef &/or Chicken Broth

  • 1/2 cup White Wine

  • small pinch Italian Parsley

  • 1 tbs Butter

  • 1 small pinch Saffron

  • 1 handful Grana Padano &/or Peccorino Romano Cheese


  • Remove the Italian Sausage casing and slice the links into thirds. Add to a pan with Olive Oil over medium-high heat.
  • Wash your Asparagus. Chop up the Asparagus and a Shallot into similar-sized pieces. Don’t use the final third of the Asparagus for this step, as it’ll be too tough for this dish. Save it for another dish.
  • Add the chopped Vegetables to a pan with Olive Oil and set to medium-high heat.
  • Remove the Sausage from the pan and place it into a food processor or blender. If you don’t have one of those, chop the Sausage as fine as you can with a knife. Add the minced Sausage to the pan with the Vegetables.
  • After the Shallot and Asparagus have softened and the sausage is cooked through, add the Carnaroli rice to the pan. Give it a quick stir and add 1/2 cup of white wine. Make sure you hear the liquid sizzle, or else you won’t be burning off the alcohol.
  • Slowly add the Broth to the Rice. Keep stirring and add a small amount of Broth whenever the Rice gets dry. Repeat this process until the Rice is nearly cooked through.
  • Add some chopped Italian Parsley and a pinch of Saffron to the pan. Stir until the Saffron becomes fragrant, and the Rice takes on a rich, yellow color.
  • Add 1 tbsp of Butter if you’re making Rice for about 4 or 5 people.
  • At this point, you should be near the end of the cooking process for the Rice. When the Rice is fully cooked, sprinkle some grated Grana Padano &/or Pecorino Romano cheese on top.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy with a smile!


  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Medium Pot
  • Frying Pan
  • Ladle

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