Hoppin’ John Risotto - 2 Guiding Stars
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Hoppin’ John is a traditional southern dish eaten for good luck in the new year. Serve with a generous side of braised greens, such as collards or kale. If you’re a fan of hot sauce, try a little with your risotto and greens.


  • ½ lb. spicy chicken sausage
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1½ cups brown rice
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth, warmed
  • 1½ cups no-salt-added black-eyed peas, cooked
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Break the sausage into small pieces, removing the casings if you like. Cook the sausage in a large dutch oven. Transfer out of the pan.
  2. In the sausage fat, cook the onion, bell pepper and celery until soft.
  3. Add the rice and stir to coat each grain. Cook until rice has a lightly nutty smell. Stir in the wine and cook until liquid evaporates.
  4. Add 1 cup of the broth and simmer, stirring steadily, until the rice absorbs the liquid. Repeat the process until the rice is tender. If you run out of broth before the rice is cooked, use hot water.
  5. Remove the risotto from the heat and stir in the peas, sausage and cheese. Serve immediately.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 255; Total Fat 4.5g (6% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 1.5g (8% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 23mg (8% DV); Sodium 275mg (12% DV); Total Carbohydrate 39g (14% DV); Dietary Fiber 4.5g (14% DV); Total Sugars 4g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 12g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 4% DV; Iron 10% DV; Potassium 8% DV; Manganese 70% DV; Molybdenum 60% DV; Vitamin C 30% DV.
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