Italian Rice and Peas (Risi e Bisi Recipe)

Today we take a trip to the Veneto region of Italy to explore the culinary traditions of this beautiful region. Join us as we learn how to make a classic Italian dish that’s perfect for springtime: Risi e Bisi aka Rice and Peas. We will guide you through the recipe step-by-step, from sautéing onions with bacon to cooking Arborio rice with fresh, tender peas and broth. You’ll learn tips and tricks for achieving the perfect creamy texture and rich flavor that Risi e Bisi is known for. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, this episode is sure to inspire you to try your hand at making this delicious and comforting Italian dish at home. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

Risi e Bisi Recipe (Italian Rice and Peas)

Course Brunch, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 8-10 Cups Broth (Chicken, Beef, Vegetable, etc)
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion Chopped
  • 6-8 Strips Bacon Cooked
  • 2+ Tablespoons Chopped Parsley
  • 1 Bag Thawed, Frozen Peas
  • 1 Cup Arborio Rice
  • ¼-½ Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Melt your butter with olive oil in a medium saucepan. When the butter foams, add onions, bacon, and parsley.
  • Saute over medium heat until bacon is lightly browned.
  • Add peas and 1/3 broth. Cook 2 to 3 minutes; set aside.
  • In a second pan, bring remaining broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Add rice. Cook uncovered over high heat 8 to 10 ninutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add onion mixture. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until rice is tender but firm to the bite.
  • Stir in remaining butter and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese.
  • Serve hot with additional parmesan cheese.



You don’t have to use butter if you don’t want to. We found that the bacon has enough fat to act as butter for this.
If you have leftovers, add in some more broth the next day. This meal thickens overnight. Traditionally, Italians like it thicker. If you prefer that, use more rice in the recipe.
Keyword Italian Food, Risi e Bisi


Hi, I'm Magda! I was born in Romania and came to the US when I was 20. Along the way, I've traveled the world and studied cultures and their food. This channel is designed to teach you how easy it is to make delicious food in your own home with simple ingredients.

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