Spinach, Sausage, Tomato Risotto

Sunday night dinners are always my favorite; I usually have more time in the afternoon to prep for a nice meal and start the week off nice. This Sunday, I decided to make a simple Spinach, Sausage, and Tomato Risotto from one of my favorite blogs, Smitten Kitchen. Here's the recipe:

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed (I used about 1-1.25 lbs. of sausage)
  • 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


  1. In a small saucepan, combine tomatoes (with their juice) and 3 cups water. Bring just to a simmer; keep warm over low heat.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add sausage and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up sausage with a spoon, until sausage is opaque and onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add rice; cook, stirring until well coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring until absorbed, about 1 minute.
  4. Add about 2 cups hot tomato mixture to rice; simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until absorbed, 4 to 5 minutes. Continue adding tomato mixture, 1 cup at a time, waiting for one cup to be absorbed before adding the next, stirring occasionally, until rice is creamy and just tender, about 25 minutes total (you may not have to use all the liquid).
  5. Remove pan from heat. Stir in spinach, Parmesan, and butter; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately (risotto will thicken as it cools), and sprinkle with additional Parmesan, if desired.
We had a really nice, low-key weekend. My mom was in town for a series of fundraisers for the nonprofit board she sits on. My brother organized a fundraiser at Peels Restaurant on Friday evening and we had a great turnout and raised a decent amount of money for the organization. Saturday, we had lunch with my mom in Washington Square Park (see pic above) and then a going away party for Tyler's friend Zel, who is moving to Canada tomorrow :( Sunday, we got lots of chores down, had a farewell lunch with my mom, and selected the paint colors for our apartment. Fairly relaxing weekend, getting caught up on sleep (I was in Dublin, Ireland for the week and didn't get much sleep!), doing chores, and hanging out with friends and family :)

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