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Risi e Bisi… (Rice & Peas)

This traditional Veronese dish is an essential recipe in most kitchens, of Verona... Read more...

This traditional Veronese dish is an essential recipe in most kitchens, of Verona. Prepared like a risotto, the consistency should be a bit more soupier!



500g peas in their pods

4 cups chicken or vegetable stock

40g butter

2 tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

100g pancetta or bacon, chopped (optional)

2 cups aborio rice

40g parmesan, finely grated

Small handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped



Pod all the peas. Fill a pan with 1.5 litres water and place pods in the water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 40-60 minutes, or until reduced by about half.

Strain and discard the pods. Add the pea liquid to the stock and return to a simmer.

Using a heavy based saucepan, melt half the butter with the oil, add the onion and cook until the onion softens. Add the pancetta or bacon if using and cook for another five minutes.

Add the rice and cook until all the grains are well coated with butter and oil and begin to look translucent. Add a cup of stock. Keep stirring as cooking, adding stock as needed until you reach a soupy consistency (you may not need all the stock). Add the peas half way through.

Once the dish is ready, stir in the cheese and remaining butter, cover and leave to sit for five minutes. Season to taste and top with chopped parsley.


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26 comments on “Risi e Bisi… (Rice & Peas)

  1. Looks good, you can’t beat meals from simple, fresh ingredients.

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  2. When my daughter was married, I was in charge of catering the day after for the ‘recovery party’ … I themed it Venetian because they both adore Italy and gave all the guests guided masks since they were hung-over from the night before – Risi e Bisi, was in the line-up and worked wonders on those gueule de bois 😵

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  3. This looks perfectly simple and delicious. I think the butter and become must make it taste the best!

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  4. Hmm tasty! I will give this a go one of these days, Lorelle. I see you are in the Verona frame of mind and I would happily slip into it too 🙂 xx

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  5. This makes me crave a good Risotto. So delicious.

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  6. Thanks for this recipe Lorelle! I’m excited to try this.

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  7. Very nice dish, Lorelle! 🙂 Definitely on my list for the next week ❤

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  8. sounds like a wonderful wholesome dish!

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  9. This looks good – think it might become a regular supper in our house!!

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  10. That looks so yummy!

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  11. This looks delicious. I guess I could try it without the bacon (since I’m a vegetarian) But I guess it wouldn’t taste the same right!! 🙂

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