Risi e Bisi – Italian Rice & Peas

Risi e Bisi – Italian Rice & Peas

Risi e Bisi is a creamy, almost velvety, rice dish, not unlike risotto, packed full of delicious spring peas.

Risi e Bisi (pronounced, ree-zee eh bee-zee) is a traditional and very simple Venetian dish made from rice and peas. It’s kind of a cross between risotto and a soup – almost stew-like, if you will. Some Venetians like theirs to err on the side of soup, while others, myself included, prefer it to be a little more solid. Although, if I’m poorly, I prefer it to be more soupy. Go figure!

Unlike risotto, however, risi e bisi does not need you to be slaving over a hot stove for 45 minutes. OK, I know it’s not exactly a hardship to make risotto, and actually, to be perfectly honest, I rather like making it – it forces me to stand still for more than five minutes… and I find it almost meditative.

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