Saturday, January 11, 2014

Easy red sauce Risotto: Mom's Recipe

 This is a great cold weather meal.  Served with a salad it's one of our families favorites.  I don't know if all Italians use nutmeg in their recipes but this recipe of my grandmothers who mom watched make uses nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon.  Just a pinch enhances it's flavor.  Enjoy!

A special Favorite dish of my Dad.

My Mom made Risotto with leftover pasta sauce..  I loved it and Dad did as well.. Mom's sauce always had lots of ground meat in it so the recipe below is exactly how she did it.. The only difference is I do not use quite as much ground meat as she did.  The sauce I am using today is a plain red sauce that I had cooked with  meatballs.

Note:  I know most Risotto recipes today are made with chicken soup but if you like something a little may want to try this recipe.  Happy Cooking!

My sauce with meatballs (I served meatballs on the side)

1  1/2 cups "meat sauce"(you can use meatless as well)
 4 cups water
1 cup rice (rinsed)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (watch amt.)I used 3 shakes from spice bottle
1/4 tsp. cinnamon(watch amt)I used 3 shakes from spice bottle
1 tsp. salt or more
1/2 tsp. pepper
Pecorino Romano cheese (of course)

Bring 1 cup sauce and water to a boil, add rice and seasonings.  Cook until it thickens.  Top with 1/2 cup sauce and add grated cheese..
Oh those memories!!!!


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