Risi e bisi – rice and peas

Serves 4
60 minutes

Ingredients

Pea stock

  • 800g of fresh peas in the pod
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 3l water
  • 1 pinch of salt

Risi e bisi

  • 10g of butter
  • 1 dash of olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 100g of pancetta, cubed
  • 400g of Vialone Nano risotto rice, or other risotto rice
  • 125ml of Prosecco
  • 150g of stracchino

To serve

  • flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Parmesan

Method

1
Shell the peas then place the empty pods, carrot and onion in a large saucepan together with the water and salt
2
Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid to use as stock
3
Melt the butter with a little olive oil in a large, non-stick saucepan. Soften the onion over a low heat until translucent, for about 3 minutes. Add the pancetta cubes and continue to cook until the pancetta has turned pink, for about another 3 minutes
4
Add the rice to the pan, turn up the heat slightly and mix together with the onion and pancetta, stirring all the time with a wooden spatula. After 3–4 minutes, pour in all of the Prosecco – there will be a dramatic 'woosh' and a cloud of steam
5
Begin to add the stock, one ladleful at a time, and keep stirring until it has all been absorbed by the rice. Repeat this process until the rice is almost cooked, but still a little al dente. This will take about 15 minutes depending on the rice. About halfway through the cooking time, add the podded peas and adjust the seasoning
6
Remove the risotto from the heat, cover, and leave to rest for about 5 minutes. In this time the rice will continue to cook
7
Add the stracchino cheese and fold it into the risotto until it has melted. If the risotto is too dry at this point add another ladleful of stock
8
Serve immediately in bowls, topped with shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and a little chopped parsley. Enjoy with the rest of the bottle of Prosecco