Friday, October 17, 2008

Dinner tonight... Tomato and Sausage Risotto

It is said that risotto is the dish of love. Something about the time it takes to slowly and carefully stir and stir and stir the aborio rice until it is nice and creamy somehow correlates to the care and attentiveness that flows from love. I've been feeling especially giddy about getting to spend so much time with Mr. Fritz, so it seemed appropriate to make risotto tonight as a small expression of my affection.

I've made a few different versions of risotto, some of which will likely end up being posted here eventually. This particular one, Tomato and Sausage Risotto, which is yet another recipe from Everyday Food (can you tell I'm slightly obsessed with that magazine?), is a particularly simple and supremely tasty version. I used sweet Italian sausage because Mr. Fritz is not a huge fan of spicy foods. It still had plenty of kick and the finished dish, which also includes fresh spinach and shredded parmesan, was wonderfully rich. It was ready in about 30 minutes, and even after cutting the recipe in half, we still had about a meal's worth left over. This recipe is definitely a keeper and if you are a risotto novice, this ought to be the recipe that tempts you into giving "the dish of love" a go.

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