Fennel and Sausage Risotto Recipe

Fennel and Sausage Risotto Recipe

How To Make Fennel and Sausage Risotto

Sweet and aromatic fennel is tossed with hearty Italian sausages, and cooked over a creamy rice porridge, to yield this flavorful sausage risotto dish!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • 3tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • 1lbsweet Italian sausage
  • 1large fennel bulb
  • cupschicken stock
  • 1small onion
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • cupsarborio rice
  • pinchsaffron threads
  • ½cupdry white wine
  • ½cuppecorino romano cheese,freshly grated
  • 1tbspunsalted butter
  • 2tbspflat leaf parsley


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add sausage and cook over high heat, breaking up meat with a spoon, for about 5 minutes, until browned.

  2. Add fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes longer, until softened and lightly browned. Cover and keep warm.

  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a simmer; keep warm. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  4. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook over moderate heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the rice and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to thoroughly coat it with the fat.

  5. Crumble saffron into the wine and add it to the rice. Cook, stirring until wine is absorbed. Add 1 cup warm stock and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until nearly absorbed.

  6. Continue adding stock, ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly, until nearly absorbed between additions. Risotto is done when rice is al dente and suspended in a thick, creamy sauce.

  7. Season risotto with salt and pepper. Stir in sausage and fennel along with cheese, butter, and parsley.

  8. Serve immediately, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 530.35kcal
  • Fat: 21.07g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.34g
  • Trans Fat: 0.08g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.44g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.86g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.56g
  • Fiber: 3.50g
  • Sugar: 6.18g
  • Protein: 25.45g
  • Cholesterol: 45.81mg
  • Sodium: 1043.07mg
  • Calcium: 180.99mg
  • Potassium: 686.85mg
  • Iron: 4.26mg
  • Vitamin A: 58.10µg
  • Vitamin C: 9.15mg
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