Italian Rice & Peas (Risi e Bisi)

This risotto-like combo of rice and peas is made with a very cool technique that infuses the dish with one of the great tastes of spring.

Prep Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
8 cups


  • 1 ¾ pounds fresh English peas in pods

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 8 cups water

  • cup passito or other white dessert wine

  • cup raisins

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 ½ cups arborio or carnaroli rice

  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper


  1. Shell peas, reserving the pods. Place the pods, yellow onion and water in a large pot. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 25 minutes. Pour the broth through a strainer into a large saucepan (discard the solids). You should have 6 cups. Keep the broth hot over low heat.

  2. Combine passito (or other dessert wine and raisins in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add white onion and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the shelled peas and cook for 1 minute. Cover and cook until the peas are tender, about 3 minutes more. Add rice and stir to coat with oil. Add dry white wine and cook, stirring, until evaporated, about 15 seconds. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pea broth and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Continue to cook, adding the hot broth 1/2 cup at a time and stirring frequently after each addition, until most of the liquid is absorbed. The risotto is done when you've used all the hot liquid and the rice is creamy and just tender, 25 to 35 minutes total.

  4. Stir in the reserved raisins and wine; season with salt and white pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

221 Calories
4g Fat
39g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 221
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g 9%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Vitamin A 278IU 6%
Vitamin C 15mg 17%
Folate 26mcg 6%
Sodium 373mg 16%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 18mg 4%
Potassium 160mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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