Risi e Bisi
Why This Recipe Works
After the dish cooked hands-off for most of the time, a vigorous whisking of the rice at the end of cooking liberated enough of its starch to thicken the broth, providing the dish with a light but satisfying consistency. By using thawed frozen baby peas and adding them just at the end of cooking to warm through, we mimicked the sweetness and texture of the fresh spring peas that are the hallmark of this dish. Balancing the peas’ sweetness with judicious amounts of Parmesan and pancetta created complexity without heaviness.