Risotto with Italian Chicory (Radicchio)

Risotto with Italian Chicory (Radicchio)

By 11/01/2013

It's Friday and for the joy of children the forecast here for the weekend is snow. For people who have to go to work every day it is less of a joy though as everything seems to stop here even shop deliveries are difficult.

As outside is getting increasingly colder I feel even more like cooking and eating nice food. Food is such a nice thing we have! 🙂

Yesterday for lunch I made this classic risotto, light and creamy and anyone can make it. A very easy dish with an interesting taste.

If you cannot find radicchio you can use endive instead which is like a little lettuce slightly bitter in taste similar to radicchio.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes


Chop the onion finely and stir fry it in a pan until translucent with a tbsp of olive oil.

Chop roughly the radicchio and add it to the pan with the onion and a drop of white wine.


Cook for a 3-4  minutes until the radicchio is soft

cooking radicchio

Add the rice and toast it for a couple of minutes stirring all the time then add some boiling water enough to cover the rice, add salt and pepper and the stock cube

making risottoadding rice

Keep topping the water up as it dries out and cook according to packet instructions stirring all the time. Then switch the heat off and add a knob of butter stirring it well in.

Serve sprinkled with plenty of Parmesan.

risotto radicchio

Radicchio is in season now so I am entering my risotto to Ren Behan of Fabulicious Food‘s Simple and in Season monthly event which this month his hosted by Karen of Lavender and Lovage.

Simple and In Season

Also I am entering this into "Made with Love Mondays" hosted by Javelin Warrior.


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11 Responses to Risotto with Italian Chicory (Radicchio)

  1. nannina65

    Buonissimo questo risotto, e poi che belle foto passo passo, bravissima, bacie abbracci.

  2. Javelin Warrior

    Love the use of radicchio in this risotto, Alida! This is so simple and comforting, perfect for a day trapped inside by snow! Thanks so much for sharing…

    • Alida

      you are very welcome Mark. I love this dish also because it is light and healthy.

  3. gloria

    Love this risotto Alida!!

  4. rita cooks italian

    Hai ragione cara Alida, bisogna cucinara cosa si ha in casa…oggi le strade qui a Londra sono ghiacciate e certo io non mi avventuro fino al supermercato con la macchina!!!!!!! Il radicchio con il risotto non l’ho mai provato…una buona idea per una cena veloce e gustosa!!!!!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara Rita. E’ un piatto leggero e gustoso. Un abbraccio X

  5. Laura Loves Cakes

    Yum…I really ought to try making a risotto…I’ve only tried once…but it’s always so tasty! Yours looks like a really interesting recipe 🙂

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