Oven-Baked Sausage Risotto is a hands-off, easy dinner that cooks by itself in the oven. This risotto is creamy and cheesy and flavored with Italian sausage, garlic, roasted tomatoes and fresh basil.
There are so many new cookbooks released throughout the year by new and intriguing people that I often forget about some of the old reliables, like Jamie Oliver. Whenever I flip through one his cookbooks, I always find something to make for dinner. His recipes rarely take too much time or require too many ingredients and often have a nifty shortcut tucked into them, like his oven-baked risotto.
Much like oven-baked polenta, this recipe for oven-baked risotto transforms a time and labor-intensive meal into something you can just stick into the oven and walk away from. Less than an hour later you're serving a skillet of warm, cheesy risotto with Italian sausage, fresh basil and more parmesan for sprinkling.
Jamie Oliver’s vegetarian version of oven-baked risotto is loaded with red onions, which sounds delicious to me but I knew my kids wouldn’t go for it. So I went the Italian sausage route instead, adding kid-friendly flavor and protein. I also roasted a pan of cherry tomatoes next to the risotto, which I heaped onto my bowl of risotto with fresh basil and handfuls of arugula lightly dressed in olive oil and lemon.
This risotto could easily be turned back into a vegetarian meal by adding sauteed mushrooms instead of sausage. If you really want to please everyone at the table, you can bake the risotto with only parmesan mixed in, and serve lots of toppings on the side (sausage or ground meat, mushrooms, roasted vegetables, sauteed greens, etc).
Check out Jamie Oliver's cookbook 5 Ingredients, which is where this recipe was adapted from. And by "check out" I mean literally check it out from the library - that's my favorite way to try to new cookbooks before buying. I keep a running list of cookbooks I want to read on Pinterest, and you can follow along and get some great ideas for cookbooks that you might love too.
Easy Meal Prep
- This oven-baked sausage risotto keeps well as a leftover. It can be warmed up in the microwave for lunches or another dinner later in the week.