This risotto, which could be called a "dry minestrone," is especially tasty since it contains sausage and pancetta, both with strong flavors of their own. Sausages are of ancient origin. The Romans were expert sausage makers, and the flavors would then, as now, vary considerably depending on the region, and could be mild or strong (like, for example, the highly spiced Neapolitan variety).
Active Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
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|8 cupsclear beef stock|
|10 ouncesshelled fresh borlotti beans|
|2 tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil|
|6 ouncesmild sausage; skinned|
|3 ouncespancetta; chopped|
|2 Sage leaves|
|1 3/4 cupsArborio rice|
|1 largeonion; chopped|
|1 ribCelery; chopped|
|1 carrot; chopped|
|1 cloveGarlic; chopped|
|Salt & pepper; to taste|
|1/3 cupParmesan cheese; freshly grated|
Country Risotto Preparation
Bring the stock and beans to a boil. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 1 hour. Drain, reserving both the beans and liquid.
In a large saucepan heat the butter and oil. Crumble the sausage meat into it. Add the pancetta and the sage and gently fry over low heat until browned. Add the rice and mix well to blend the flavors. Cook for 10 minutes, adding some of the reserved stock as required, a little at a time so that the mixture is always covered with a film of liquid. Stir in the onion, celery, carrot, garlic and beans and cook stirring constantly and continuing to add stock as necessary for 5 minutes. Add the salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. Add the Parmesan and set aside, covered, for 2 minutes then serve.
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