4 slices Jones Dairy Farm Dry Aged Cherry Hardwood Smoked Bacon, chopped
1/2 cup shallots or onion, chopped
1 cup Arborio rice
2 1/2 to 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth or stock
1 (7 oz) package Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Golden Brown Sausage Links or Paties, sliced or cubed
2 cups grilled or roasted vegetables, such as zucchini, bell peppers and mushrooms, coarsely chopped*
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup basil or thyme leaves, chopped
* Often found at deli or take out food counters at the supermarket. Any combination of left over cooked vegetables may be substituted.
Cook bacon in a large deep skillet or sauté pan over medium heat until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon to a paper towel; set aside. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
Add shallots to drippings in skillet; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add rice; cook and stir 1 minute.
Add 1 cup of the broth; simmer until broth is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time cooking until broth is absorbed before adding more.
Continue simmering stirring occasionally until rice is firm to the bite. (This will take about 18 to 20 minutes total time).
Stir in sausage and vegetables; continue cooking 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through and rice is tender, adding additional broth if needed to keep a creamy consistency.
Remove from heat; stir in cheese and reserved bacon. Top with basil.