Risotto of sweet white onions, cotechino sausage & thyme (Risotto con cipolle bianche dolci, cotechino e timo)

Onion and sausage risotto

Serves 6

  • 500 g cotechino sausage

  • 3 white onions

  • 1 risotto bianco recipe

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 small handful fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • Parmesan cheese, for grating

  • extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Place the cotechino on a small roasting tray with the unpeeled onions and pop into the preheated oven. Bake for about an hour until the onions are soft and sweet and the sausage is cooked. Remove everything from the oven and turn it down to 150ºC/300ºF/gas 2.



Start the risotto bianco as usual and continue through the recipe, adding the stock little by little. While doing this, you'll have plenty of time to peel the cooled onions. Cut one of them into quarters, put them in a dish and keep them warm in the oven. Finely chop the other 2 onions, peel the thick fatty skin off the sausage and discard it. Crumble up the sausage meat inside. When the rice is three-quarters cooked, at Stage 3, stir in the chopped baked onions and the crumbled sausage, and continue cooking the risotto until the rice is perfectly cooked.



At Stage 4, when you add the butter and Parmesan, taste, season carefully to perfection, and fold in the chopped thyme leaves. Divide between your plates, break up one of the onion quarters over each, and serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

Nutritional Information

Risotto of sweet white onions, cotechino sausage & thyme (Risotto con cipolle bianche dolci, cotechino e timo)

Proper Italian comfort food

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What could be more satisfying that a sausage risotto! The flavours and texture will blow you away
Serves 6
1h 45m
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Method

Cotechino or zampone sausage is the big hero in this dish. You should be able to buy these, or order them at least, from any good Italian deli (and if they can't get them for you then they're not a good Italian deli). They come already cooked in a vacuum-sealed bag. If you pop them out of the bag they can be roasted happily with the onions for quite a long time, and have a wonderful flavour, but if you can't get hold of one I'd suggest simply cutting open a good-quality fresh Italian-style or coarse sausage and breaking it into the basic risotto at the beginning when frying off your onions and celery. PS This is also good with cooked borlotti beans stirred in at the end.

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Place the cotechino on a small roasting tray with the unpeeled onions and pop into the preheated oven. Bake for about an hour until the onions are soft and sweet and the sausage is cooked. Remove everything from the oven and turn it down to 150ºC/300ºF/gas 2.

Start the risotto bianco as usual and continue through the recipe, adding the stock little by little. While doing this, you'll have plenty of time to peel the cooled onions. Cut one of them into quarters, put them in a dish and keep them warm in the oven. Finely chop the other 2 onions, peel the thick fatty skin off the sausage and discard it. Crumble up the sausage meat inside. When the rice is three-quarters cooked, at Stage 3, stir in the chopped baked onions and the crumbled sausage, and continue cooking the risotto until the rice is perfectly cooked.

At Stage 4, when you add the butter and Parmesan, taste, season carefully to perfection, and fold in the chopped thyme leaves. Divide between your plates, break up one of the onion quarters over each, and serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 1310
    66%
  • Carbs 157.4g
    61%
  • Sugar 5.8g 6%
  • Fat 55.8g 80%
  • Saturates 24.4g 122%
  • Protein 31.6g 70%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 500 g cotechino sausage

  • 3 white onions

  • 1 risotto bianco recipe

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 small handful fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • Parmesan cheese, for grating

  • extra virgin olive oil