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Rice, Peas and Parma Ham or Risotto con Piselli e Prosciutto

How to prepare the real Italian recipe of Rice with Peas and Parma Ham or “Risotto con Piselli e Prosciutto”

Risotto with Peas and Ham or “Risi e Bisi” is a simple but tasty dish typical of the Venetian tradition ideal for a lunch for adults and children. This is a classic dish from Venice, and it has many variations. “Risi e Bisi” simply means rice and peas, and the dish is traditionally made with the fresh new peas of spring. If fresh peas are not available, you can easily make it with frozen peas, better to avoid canned. Ideally it should be diced: with slices will not be the same. Ideally cured Parma Ham is the best option, but you can use any ham available. Perfect Sunday easy and healthy dish.

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 320 grams of Carnaroli Rice (Carnaroli Rice is a Kind of Rice)
  • ½ Blonde Onion
  • 100 grams of Parma Ham
  • 20 grams Butter
  • 200 grams of Peas
  • 30 grams of Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 ltr of Vegetable Stock
  • 5 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • A sprinkling of chopped parsley
  • Salt and Pepper as you prefer


1. In a pan add 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil with 10 grams of butter, the yellow onion and the previously diced cured ham. Better if Parma cured ham. Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. After a few minutes add the fresh peas and cook for a little bit until half cooked. Dry cured hams are usually salty, so be aware that the more you add, the saltier the dish will become. Meanwhile, heat up the stock and 1 cup of water in a small pot. You want this at a simmer while you make the rice.

2. In another large pan with high sides add 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil pour in and toast the rice until it changes color, almost transparent, add a glass of white wine and let it evaporate. Keep cooking the rice slowly adding ladles of Vegetables broth. Stir again and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. After 10 minutes add the peas and cook slowly keeping turning, once the rice is fully cooked, add the remaining butter and Parmesan, stir well and add chopped parsley on top. Served.

The secret: let it rest 3-4 minutes before serving.

Posted by Nicoletta and Tiziana

The Real Italian Food. Buon Appetito!


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