Risotto con Zucchine e Salsiccia (sausage and zucchini risotto) is here to save the day! Tender zucchini mingling with juicy sausage bites, all nestled in a bed of perfectly cooked Arborio rice.

This Italian classic is as easy as it is delicious. Think of it as comfort food with an elegant twist.

And the best part? This risotto con zucchine is super versatile. Craving a quick weeknight meal? Whip it up in under 30 minutes. Hosting a weekend brunch? Impress your guests with a dish that looks and tastes impressive.

Every bite is a burst of flavor and texture, from the creamy richness of the rice to the satisfying savory notes of the sausage.

Ingredients

  • Arborio rice: This short-grain rice is essential for making risotto. It has a high starch content, which releases as it cooks, creating the characteristic creamy texture of the dish.
  • Zucchini: Choose firm, fresh zucchini with vibrant green skin. I prefer to add them sliced in small pieces but feel free to dice them or even grate them.
  • Sausage: Use mild or hot Italian sausage links, depending on your spice preference. Remove the casings and crumble the sausage before cooking.
  • Onion: A small yellow onion (about 1/4 cup) adds sweetness and depth of flavor to the risotto. Dice it finely for even distribution throughout the dish.
  • Stock: Low-sodium vegetable stock is a classic choice for this risotto. You can use homemade or store-bought stock.
  • Oil: Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil for sautéing the sausage, rice, and vegetables.
  • Butter: A knob of unsalted butter is added at the end of cooking to enrich the risotto and give it a silky texture.
  • Parmigiano Reggiano: Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is stirred in just before serving for added richness.
  • Seasonings: Salt and pepper to taste, adjust according to your preference.

Risotto Con Zucchine E Salsiccia Recipe

To make risotto con zucchine e salsiccia you start by preparing the vegetables. Wash and cut the zucchini in four parts lengthwise, then slice them to obtain small triangles like in the photo below.

Chop the onions and garlic. Set everything aside.

Zucchini sliced in small sliced triangles in a bowl and another bowl on the side containing chopped onion.

Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan and add the sausage. Breaking it up with a spoon, cook the sausage until slightly browned.

Frying Italian sausage in a pan.

Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté for 1 minute over medium heat until fragrant and softened.

Add the zucchini and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the rice to coat each grain with the oil and sausage drippings. Toast the rice for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Rice added to the pan with fried sausage and sautéed zucchini.

Add the white wine and cook, stirring constantly, until it evaporates completely. This helps release the starch from the rice, contributing to the creamy texture.

Now, pour 1 cup of vegetable stock and mix well. Bring to a simmer and scrap the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits, ensuring all the goodness gets incorporated into the dish.

The broth added to the pan to start the rice cooking.

Now comes the fun part! Keep adding the hot vegetable stock, one ladleful at a time. After each addition, stir the rice constantly until the stock is absorbed before adding the next ladleful.

Top Tip: This slow, gradual process helps develop a creamy texture and rich flavor.

Adding more broth to the pan to finish cooking the risotto.

Continue adding stock and stirring until the rice is al dente, still slightly firm to the bite, and has a creamy consistency. This usually takes about 20-25 minutes in total.

Once the rice is cooked, remove the pan from heat. Stir in the butter and Parmigiano cheese, allowing it to melt and incorporate itself into the risotto.

Mixing butter and parmigiano cheese into the cooked risotto con zucchine.

Garnish with more grated cheese and serve immediately. The risotto con zucchine should be hot, creamy, and bursting with flavor from the sausage, zucchini, and Parmigiano cheese.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Arborio rice is the preferred choice for risotto due to its high starch content, which helps create the creamy texture, but if you can’t find Arborio rice, you can substitute Carnaroli or Vialone Nano rice, which has similar properties.
  • Don’t rush the stock addition process. Take your time and add the liquid gradually to achieve the perfect consistency.
  • You can also use crumbled bacon or pancetta instead of sausage for a different flavor profile.
  • Spread the leftover risotto onto a shallow baking sheet or large plate to cool it quickly and evenly. Once cool, pack the risotto into an airtight container, ensuring minimal air space. Glass containers are preferable to plastic to avoid flavor transfer.
  • Place the container with leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking. Properly stored, risotto con zucchine can last for up to 3-5 days.
  • Risotto tends to thicken upon reheating. To restore its creamy texture, add a splash of broth, water, or milk while stirring constantly. Start with a small amount and add more as needed.

How To Serve This Zucchini Risotto

Risotto is typically served as a primo piatto, which is the first course of a full Italian meal. 

As in any Italian family, we prefer shallow, wide-rimmed plates for risotto. This allows the dish to spread nicely, which helps the dish to slightly cool down before enjoying.

Even if it’s not the traditional way, you can still serve this risotto con zucchine at home as a side dish for:

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Risotto con zucchine recipe.

Risotto Con Zucchine

6 servings
Risotto con zucchine e salsiccia is a traditional Italian dish made with Arborio rice, zucchini, sausage, and broth. It is a hearty and flavorful dish that is perfect for lunch or dinner any day of the week.
prep 5 minutes
cook 20 minutes
total 25 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 ¾ cup Arborio rice
  • 1 pound zucchini
  • 2 Italian sausage (sweet or hot)
  • ½ cup yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • cup parmigiano reggiano cheese (grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 7-8 cups vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the sausage. Breaking it up with a spoon, cook until slightly browned.
  • Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté for 1 minute over medium heat until fragrant and softened.
  • Add the zucchini and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the rice and toast for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the wine and cook, stirring constantly, until it evaporates completely.
  • Add 1 cup of vegetable stock and mix well. Bring to a simmer and scrap the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits.
  • Keep adding the hot vegetable stock, one ladleful at a time. After each addition, stir the rice constantly until the stock is absorbed before adding the next ladleful.
  • Continue adding stock and stirring until the rice is al dente, still slightly firm to the bite, and has a creamy consistency. This usually takes about 20-25 minutes in total.
  • Once the rice is cooked, remove the pan from heat. Mix in the butter and Parmigiano cheese.
  • Garnish with more grated cheese and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Place the container with leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking. Properly stored, risotto con zucchine can last for up to 3-5 days.
  • Risotto tends to thicken upon reheating. To restore its creamy texture, add a splash of broth, water, or milk while stirring constantly. Start with a small amount and add more as needed.
Nutrition Information
Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 2332mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 939IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 3mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This Risotto con zucchine has become our favorite! The mix of rice, zucchini, and sausage is just perfect. It’s our top pick for any mealtime, especially when we’re craving something hearty and delicious. Can’t wait to make it again!

  2. 5 stars
    The combination of tender zucchini and savory sausage in creamy Arborio rice has me craving a hearty bowlful right now. Can’t wait to try this comforting dish! Thanks for sharing the recipe!