Risi e Bisi

Rice & Peas (Risi e Bisi)

Contributor: Lucia Fanton


2 cups of green peas
½ cup chopped onion
2-4 tablespoons of olive oil
chopped parsley
salt and pepper
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
5 c stock cube butter
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


Place enough olive oil in a pan and brown the onion. Add the small, sweet peas. This may be frozen or from a can but taking care not to drop all of the liquid. Cook until flavor comes out and add parsley, salt and pepper. Cook until just tender. (This is already an excellent side dish.)

Put the flavoured peas in a risotto pan and add the rice. Cook well and slowly add the hot stock, stirring the risotto continuously with the help of a slotted spoon. When the rice is almost cooked, add the butter and Parmesan cheese to make the dish creamy.