About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Risotto with Bolognese Meat Sauce


I was more confident making the risotto this week. During the pasta section, I made a double batch of Bolognese Sauce. I froze the remainder for use in today’s recipe. After the sauce was defrosted, I heated it gently in a saucepan. Once warm it looked like I had just made it. Lovely. This time around I used Arborio rice. I added it to the sauce, stirred well to coat the grains and began the risotto making process.

Funny how quickly time passes when you are relaxed. It was ready to eat in what seemed like no time. If you love Bolognese Meat Sauce this is another great way to try it. I can imagine eating this for dinner on a chilly, fall evening.

Comments (3)

Irene, this looks delicious. And how wonderful it is that you are now relaxed while making risotto!

Marcella Hazan:

Irene, your instinct was correct: Arborio is a good rice to use here because it has a lot of body and carries the bolognese comfortably. I am so pleased by your comment that you were hardly aware of time passing. So many people throw up their hands when I say you have to stir to make a true risotto, yet it doesn't take much longer to do that and possibly even somewhat less than a great many other things we do in the kitchen that do not match the splendor of a well-made risotto. Once again my compliments! And you don't have to wait for a chilly evening to enjoy it. Just turn up the air conditioning.


This looks great! Where is the recipe for this dish?

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