This was an easy to make, spicy risotto, which we enjoyed. I recently stayed at a vineyard B&B in Traverse City and we picked wild ramps growing in the woods on the property, which I used in this risotto. We used more Italian sausage than specified, which I kind of regretted--too meaty. I think the 1/2 lb is likely a perfect proportion. Other than that, we made no modifications to the ingredients or directions. Thanks!