Risotto with Peas & Bacon (Risi e Bisi)
May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
I have to be honest, one of the main reasons I like to make Risotto with Peas & Bacon is so that I can tell everyone eating it that it’s actually called “Risi e Bisi” (the Italian name). Doesn’t that sound too adorable for words. Risi e Bisi.. I just love saying it.
But that’s not the only reason I love making it. I have quite a fascination with how well peas and any form of pork (especially smoked) works together. And adding that combination to creamy risotto, well that’s just genius! I’ve been told to make less risotto as my family is all risotto’d out. (wait, what? How can ANYONE be Risotto’d out?) But I do try to sneak it in every now and then and to my surprise, everyone tucked in with great gusto and the kids asked for seconds (to be fair, they are going through a bit of a ‘pea phase’ right now).
Classically, this dish is made using Pancetta but I couldn’t find any when I went to the shops to gather the ingredients for the risotto so I decided to use really good quality smoked streaky bacon instead. I think using chorizo would also be seriously delicious.
Serve the risotto with plenty of freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino and a few bottles of red wine to fight off the Winter cold!
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