Rice with Peas and Radicchio

Risi e Bisi al Radicchio

Preparation info

  • Serves


    as a main course
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      50 min

Appears in

How to Cook Italian

How to Cook Italian

By Giuliano Hazan

Published 2005

  • About

Risi e bisi is Venetian for “rice and peas.” In its simplest and most classic form, it is a thick soup of rice and peas, traditionally served in the spring when fresh peas are at their peak. This varies the original with the addition of radicchio and pancetta. It is meant to be thick enough to eat with a fork, so that it almost resembles a risotto. It does not have the creamy texture of risotto, however, but a more rustic personality.