updated October 2014 

Best Bully Sticks brings something special to the table this week: Boo-sotto, a risotto dinner for your pooch.  Boo-sotto is a recipe from Rachael Ray, who created this tasty dish for her aging dog, Boo.

As Boo got older, she needed a careful balance of meat and carbs; lean protein and a large amount of carbs.”

Rachael and her mom would make this for Boo and even enjoy some themselves! Your pup doesn’t have to be the refined type to enjoy this fancy dinner and neither do you. This meal would be great for your dog’s birthday, adoption anniversary or a holiday meal. And as always, check with your vet about which foods are appropriate for you to share with your pet.

** Please note: the original version from Rachel Ray’s site contains ingredients that may be harmful to dogs; it should NOT be followed. We have modified the ingredients to not include garlic and onion, toxic to dogs.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), 2 turns of the pan

2/3 cup arborio rice

2/3 cup barley

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup dry white wine

4 cups chicken broth or low-sodium chicken broth (keep over low flame)

1 pound ground veal or turkey

1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (a few good handfuls)

A handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions

1. Preheat a deep skillet (or wide 4-quart saucepan) over medium heat. 

2. Add the EVOO (2 turns of the pan), rice, and barley. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Add the wine, raise the heat to medium-high and cook away the liquid, about 1 minute. Add a few ladles of the warm stock to cover the rice and barley then drop in the ground meat in small bits. Stir frequently and continue to ladle in the stock until the rice and barley are cooked al dente, about 22 minutes.

4. Stir in the cheese, adjust the seasoning and garnish with the parsley.

Recipe Tip

This risotto is great with a green salad! 

Courtesy of Rachael Ray.

**The original recipe has been modified to eliminate garlic and oni0n, shown to be toxic in dogs.