Risotto with Sage, Onion, and Crisp Prosciutto
Fresh sage, onion, and prosciutto are an outstanding combination of flavors, perfect for risotto. With arborio rice, canned broth, and an onion from your pantry you can put together an easy and elegant meal.
- Servings 4
- 4 cups chicken stock or broth
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 8-12 large leaves fresh sage (if they have been rinsed they must be thoroughly dried)
- 3.5 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto
- 30 ml (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
- Fine sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Very thinly sliced or shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (optional)
- In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil, then reduce heat and keep at a low simmer. Place a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, and add the olive oil. Make certain that the sage leaves are dry with no clinging drops of water, and set aside a pair of tongs or heatproof slotted spoon. Fry the sage leaves in the oil a few at a time, transferring them to a plate as soon as they change color and begin to crisp.
- Cut the prosciutto slices crosswise into 1 inch strips. Add to the oil and sauté until nicely browned and crisp. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.
- Add the butter to the oil and allow to melt. Add the onion and stir until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat all the grains with oil. Reduce heat to low and add the wine, if using, stirring until the wine is completely absorbed into the rice.
- Now begin adding the hot broth a ladleful (about 1/2 cup) at a time. After each addition of broth, stir continuously until the rice has absorbed the liquid, 3-4 minutes between each addition. When the broth is all used* the rice should be tender and creamy but still have a slight “bite” (firmness) to it.
- Crumble the reserved crisp prosciutto and stir it into the risotto. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, garnishing each serving with fried sage leaves and, if desired, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
*If further cooking is necessary when the broth is gone, add a ladleful of hot water as you did with the broth.