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! πŸ™‚

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.

risotto radicchio chicory

Cook for a 3-4Β  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

risotto radicchio chicory

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.

risotto radicchio chicory

Serve sprinkled with plenty of Parmesan.

risotto radicchio chicory

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

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9 Responses to Risotto with Italian Chicory (Radicchio)

  1. 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.

  2. gloria

    Love this risotto Alida!!

  3. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Simple yet delicious risotto. I love radicchio!

  4. 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 πŸ™‚

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