Roasted Tomato Quinotto

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Yep, I totally just made up a word: quinotto. It’s what happens when you are 20 minutes into a risotto recipe and realize that you only have 3/4 cup arborio rice instead of the 1 1/2 cups the recipe actually calls for. And instead of just giving up, you listen to your dear husband and substitute the difference for quinoa.

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Strangely, it worked. It still had the iconic creaminess that a standard risotto does; the texture was just a bit different. And it turned out similar to another risotto I have made but more flavorful, thanks to some fresh basil.

Roasted Tomato Quinotto

3 Tbsp Olive oil, divided 
1 Tbsp butter
1 C Chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 C arborio rice
3/4 C quinoa
1 C Dry white wine
4 C Chicken broth
3 chicken sausage links 
1 Pint cherry tomatoes, tossed with enough olive oil to coat
1/2 C shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 C Freshly chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat over to 425*. Place halved tomatoes on a cookie sheet and toss with 1 T olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes, skins of tomatoes should be wrinkly.

In a large pan, heat 1 T oil over medium heat. Sauté chicken sausage until crispy brown. Remove from pan.

Add butter and 1 T olive oil to pan. When melted, stir in onion and sauté until translucent. Stir in garlic for one minute.

Add rice and quinoa and stir continuously for a few minutes then add wine. Stir until wine is mostly absorbed then add broth in 1/2 cup increments, stirring gently, until completely absorbed.

Add roasted tomatoes, basil and chicken sausage to pan and heat through.

Remove pan from heat, stir in parmesan and serve.

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9 Responses

  1. That totally sounds like something I would do, start a recipe then not realize that I don’t have enough of one ingredient or something. It looks really great, I bet it’s even better with the quinoa!

  2. YUM! That actually sounds delicious – I full heartedly approve of the substitution!

  3. I totally think of you every time I think about making a risotto. Which I never actually end up doing due to the time factor and the fact that I don’t think Mitch would be happy with a starch-based dish, boo to that!

  4. I love this! Its the best of both worlds- creamy risotto and the health benefits of quinoa. The roasted tomatoes in there sound delish too!

  5. That looks delicious, I love quinoa so I can totally imagine it working. Looks like it’s gluten-free too! Gotta make it!

  6. risotto and quinoa? love them both and love this idea! thanks

  7. I love made up words, especially when it is in regards to something as fabulous as this!

  8. Looks great! but actually the word Quinotto has existed for a long time in latin america, you can even order one in many fancy restaurants

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