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Risi e Bisi

Keep an eye on the rice towards the end of the cooking time. It needs to retain a bite, you don’t want it cooked to a mush

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risi e bisi

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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes
Dietary Requirements: Freezes Well, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Cost per portion 47p
Calories: 978.16kcal
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  • 40 g Grana Padano
  • 50 g bacon pieces cut into tiny pieces, less than half a centimetre
  • 160 g onions chopped finely
  • 400 g dried peas dried weight marrowfat peas. Soaked and cooked as per packet instructions
  • 400 g rice
  • 65 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsps mustard powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 stock cube


  • Fry the bacon in the oil until crisp, then remove it with a slotted spoon and keep to one side. 
  • Fry the onion and garlic, in the remaining oil until soft.
  • Add rice and peas, then stock and mustard. 
  • Bring to boil, turn down to simmer and cook for a further 15 minutes.
  • Click here to start a 15 minute timer
  • You may need more liquid so top up with hot water from the kettle. 
  • When nearly done ( the rice will still have a bit of a bite to it), stir in half the cheese and the reserved bacon pieces, and sprinkle the rest of the cheese (looks a pathetically small amount but persevere!) on top.
  • Add a little more cracked black pepper and drizzle some of your oil over the top if you like it to look like a Jamie Oliver recipe! 
  • The consistency needs to be quite wet, much more like a sloppy risotto than a biryani. 


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Nutrition Facts
risi e bisi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 978.16 Calories from Fat 258
% Daily Value*
Fat 28.66g44%
Saturated Fat 17.54g110%
Cholesterol 24.7mg8%
Sodium 806.38mg35%
Potassium 1066.55mg30%
Carbohydrates 145.64g49%
Fiber 19.57g82%
Sugar 12.82g14%
Protein 36.37g73%
Vitamin A 145.1IU3%
Vitamin C 6.96mg8%
Calcium 263.26mg26%
Iron 7.3mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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