Risotto Alla Andrea (Sausage, Rosemary, and LOTS of Parmesan)

Italy Project


This recipe is technically called “Risotto alla Mantovana”, however since my favorite Italian teacher Andrea gave this recipe to me, I’m naming it after him. It’s a famous rice dish from the little town of Mantova (where Andrea was born) in the Northern region of Italy, Lombardia. I absolutely love this dish for two reasons: it requires very few, simple ingredients AND, unlike traditional risotto, you don’t have to slowly add the broth, but rather you add it all at once. It’s incredibly easy and incredibly delicious!


  • 2 cups of Arborio rice
  • 4 cups of broth, plus 2 cups on reserve (I prefer vegetable because it has a lighter flavor, but any kind will do)
  • 1/2 lb of sausage
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano (good quality parmesan is key here!)
  • 3 tbsp butter


Sautè sausage with minced garlic…

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