Creminelli’s Risotto di Piemonte

I feel like you can tell a lot by your neighbors by the types of packages they get shipped to them. Almost every other day there’s a package for one of my neighbors from a clothing store, so I just naturally assume she has a shopping addiction. One of my neighbors always has care packages waiting for her in the lobby which makes me think her parents who live in another state really really miss her. I… well, I’m the blogger. The girl who gets bacon shipped monthly, kitchen gadgets shipped weekly, packages that say “refrigerate immediately, shipment contains food”. I also wonder if my neighbors ever think about stealing one of my food-related packages. Because I know if one of them had a package waiting for them that had a big ole “Bacon of the Month Club” sticker on it, I’d be tempted to take a little peak… or taste. Just sayin’.

My latest food shipment was from Creminelli Fine Meats. Fine meats, indeed. Along with three variations of salami, I also received Creminelli’s delicious book, Meat Salt Time . The book shares everything from the history of Creminelli, the anatomy of a pig, to the entire process behind creating their beautiful meats. In the back you’ll find a handful of selected recipes that feature their products. I was immediately drawn to their risotto recipe just because it’s that time of year when all you want to do is bundle up in your sweats and only a piping hot bowl of risotto will comfort you.



Here’s what you need:

• 1/2 cup salami, cubed (the original recipe called for Creminelli’s Barolo salami but I used their Tartufo with black truffle since I didn’t have the Barolo)
• Extra virgin olive oil
• 1 clove garlic
• 2 sprigs thyme
• 3 cups of Arborio rice
• 2 quarts chicken stock
• 3 sage leaves
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated


Here’s what you do:

• Heat a sauce pot for 2 minutes on medium high heat.


• Add cubed salmi and a drizzle of olive oil. (The recipe suggests using a copper pot but since I didn’t have one I used my trusted Le Creuset one that my mom gave me while packing up our old house.) Briefly saute.

• Add the whole clove of garlic and picked thyme and lightly toast.

• Next, you add in the rice and coat all the grains with the rendered salami fat and oils. Ohhh, yum 😉 Toast the rice for 2-3 minutes, making sure to stir constantly.


• Now comes the fun part. The labor of love, if you will. Spoonful by spoonful, begin to incorporate the chicken stock, making sure the rice has fully absorbed all of the stock before adding the next spoonful. Really, just think of it as a great arm workout. 😉


• Continue ladling the stock until the rice reaches the desired bite.


• Season with salt and pepper, add grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and fold through. Garnish with thinly sliced sage and more cheese.



There is not a single thing to dislike about this risotto. Or Creminelli salamis, really. With the first bite it was evident that this salami was special with it’s perfect amount of salt and hints of uniqueness throughout. This dish was the only logical solution to remedying a cold and rainy night.

What are your favorite foods to cure a case of the rainy day blues?

Also, be sure to check out my out-of-this-world mushroom tart I made from Tartine’s cookbook. Full recipe here; featured on The Mushroom Channel.



24 Responses to "Creminelli’s Risotto di Piemonte"

  1. Erica says:

    I LOVE getting foodie packages! Feels like Christmas 🙂 Great dish. meaty risotto? Josh would be all over this. Any soup/stew or chili cures my rainy day blues. A good cup of coffee or hot cocoa helps too

  2. Juliana says:

    Wow your risotto sure looks great, creamy and SO SO tasty 🙂

  3. Wow… that risotto sounds and looks fabulous. I just picked up some Arborio so risotto will be on my menu soon!

  4. UrMomCooks says:

    Most intriguing!!! Without this inspiration I would not have thought of salami in risotto! I think it is a must-try! (deep chocolate baked pudding would be my fav food on a cold nite…)

  5. notyet100 says:

    mine fav is soup.//

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is says:

    Oh that just looks divine! I love risotto.

  7. Simply Life says:

    Oh this look great! Yes, I always wonder what the neighbors, and FedEx, think with so many boxes that say “Simply Life” on them 🙂 – oh and when they see me taking pictures of my food on the windowsill 🙂

  8. Fun and Fearless in Beantown says:

    I get a lot of my food-related packages delivered to work and I know my receptionist thinks I have some kind of eating issue! I’ve seen Creminelli Fine Meats sold in some gourmet shops and I’m glad to hear you give it a positive review.

  9. Emily says:

    I get all my packages delivered to work too… between food items and dog bones my coworkers probably think I’m a little nutty. I’ve made risotto a millions times over but never with Italian meats. This looks fabulous!

  10. Ooooh a risotto with salami sounds heavenly!! I get all my packages delivered to work and my co workers definitely think I have a shopping addiction haha

  11. Monique says:

    I have to say, i have at least one food parcel on my door step once per week.
    I love dried and cured meats. Never tried curing my own tho- that would be interesting.

  12. Katie says:

    mmm sounda like a lovely risotto dish!!! i think i need to get more food packages delivered to me, it sounds like a lot of fun!

  13. Katie says:

    mmm sounds like a lovely risotto dish!!! i think i need to get more food packages delivered to me, it sounds like a lot of fun!

  14. Kelly says:

    I wish someone would sign me up for that club. Sounds fanastic. And I cannot wait to hear about the exciting announcement. I saw the post pop up in my google reader and then disappear.

  15. sweeter salt says:

    Oh salami, how I love thee. This looks delicious.

    My favorite comfort food is a grilled cheese and creamy tomato soup. Nothin’ like it.


  16. Barbara says:

    What great flavors in your risotto! And if you’re wondering what your neighbors think about your packages?? Try living in a condo like I do. Everyone knows what’s in my packages! Food products, just like you!

  17. To Kiss the Cook says:

    Oh Chels…this is glorious. Thank you so much for the kitchen adventure and that delicious looking pot of risotto. I need a fork:)
    (Disc: Creminelli is one of my clients {pretty divine when you think about it})

  18. Evan @swEEts says:

    Holy delicious. I want to get on whatever mailing lists you are on if you’re getting wonderful packages of meats shipped to you! And Bacon of the Month club!? I need to sign up for that one immediately.. I think you’d love my newest post 🙂

    Oh and this risotto looks delicious as well!

  19. We share similar taste buds–risotto is always my go-to comfort food. Usually I toss in mushrooms or butternut squash, but had never considered any kind of cured meat before. I bet that salami gave it mad flavor!

  20. LOVE this Risotto can’t wait to try it out and every other recipe in their book! xoxo

  21. Susan says:

    If you only knew how many of you and Susie’s posts I emailed to people…

  22. Velva says:

    I officially believe now that good salami can be added to risotto. 🙂

  23. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Very neat to make risotto with salami! Definitely a must try!

  24. alicia Fidalgo says:

    Mmmm risotto with salami?! I never would have thought to do that – sounds incredible.

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