Roasted Red Pepper Italian Sausage Risotto
Prep & Cook Time: 35-45 min.
Cook Within: 5 days
Difficulty Level: Expert
Spice Level: Mild
Ciao! Italian food is more than just pizza and pasta, but you already know that, you're an avowed culinarian. (We know you are; you order our food!) Risotto, for example, is a classic Italian food, creamy and decadent and all kinds of yum. Here, we've got slightly feisty Italian sausage, fresh spinach and peppers, and a dash of heat with red pepper flakes, all served on that classic bed of creamy rice. Delizioso!
In Your Box (serves 2)
- 8 oz. Italian Pork Sausage
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- ¾ cup Arborio Rice
- 2 oz. Baby Spinach
- 4 Garlic Cloves
- 2 tsp. Chicken Broth Concentrate
- ¼ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
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Nutrition (per serving) 9Oz8LRP5
You Will Need
- Olive Oil
- Cooking Spray
- 1 Baking Sheet
- 1 Medium Pot
- 1 Small Pot
- 1 Large Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:
- Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
- Seafood 145° F |
- Chicken 165° F |
- Ground Beef 160° F |
- Ground Turkey 165° F |
- Ground Pork 160° F
Customize It Instructions
If using ground beef, follow same instructions as Italian sausage in Step 4, breaking up until beef reaches minimum internal temperature, 4-6 minutes.
If using ground turkey, follow same instructions as Italian sausage in Step 4, breaking up until turkey reaches minimum internal temperature, 7-9 minutes.
If using shrimp, pat dry. Follow same instructions as Italian sausage in Step 4, cooking until shrimp reach minimum internal temperature, 2-3 minutes per side.
Prepare the Ingredients
Coarsely chop spinach.Halve bell pepper. Remove stem and seeds.Mince garlic.Remove Italian sausage from casing, if necessary.
Roast the Bell Pepper
Place bell pepper on prepared baking sheet, cut-side down, and top with 2 tsp. olive oil.Roast in hot oven until tender, 16-18 minutes.Remove from oven. Rest until cool, 5-10 minutes.Once cool enough to handle, transfer to clean cutting board and coarsely chop.While bell pepper roasts, continue recipe.
Cook the Risotto
Place a medium pot over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add rice and half the garlic (reserve remaining for topping) to hot pot. Stir occasionally until rice is toasted and opaque, 1-2 minutes.Add 1 cup boiling water to pot with rice. Rice should just be covered by water. Stir often until nearly all water is absorbed. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and stir often again until nearly all water is absorbed. Repeat this process, stirring often, 15-18 minutes.Taste risotto as you cook, checking for tenderness. When rice has no more “bite” or crunch, it's done. There may be water left.Remove from burner. Stir in butter, 1/4 tsp. salt, and cheese. Cover and set aside.While risotto cooks, continue recipe.
Cook the Italian Sausage
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat.Add 2 tsp. olive oil and Italian sausage to hot pan. Break up until no pink remains and sausage reaches a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 4-6 minutes.
Add Pepper and Finish Dish
Add chicken base, 1/4 cup water, roasted bell pepper, remaining garlic, red pepper flakes (to taste), and spinach to hot pan. Bring to a boil.Once boiling, stir occasionally until spinach is wilted, 2-3 minutes.Remove from burner.Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping risotto with Italian sausage mixture. Bon appétit!
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