Risotto with Radicchio, speck and balsamic vinegar

Risotto with Radicchio, speck and balsamic vinegar

By 14/01/2014

Boy, I love radicchio, one of my favourites winter vegetables.

It has a pleasantly bitter taste and it is incredibly versatile. The most expensive is the one from Treviso which is easily recognized for its long pointy leafs.

The "radicchio Trevigiano" (from Treviso) is considered a delicacy, it is great grilled on a barbecue or on a griddle pan and, for being just a humble vegetable, it has one of the most amazing and delicate flavours.  It is divine wrapped in speck (a smoky type of ham) and cooked in the oven with bechamel sauce over it!

For this risotto I have used ordinary radicchio which I have found available in the UK at my local's greengrocers. If you prefer you can use smoked bacon instead of speck.

A few drops of balsamic vinegar will enhance the flavours of this delicious dish.. which I am craving again already!

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 18-20 minutes


Chop the speck and the washed radicchio into stripes


Stir fry the garlic with the olive oil

stir frying garlic

Add the radicchio and the speck and stir for a couple of minutes

adding radicchio

Add boiling water and the stock cube and keep topping up with water as it dries out

cooking rice

Cook the risotto stirring from time to time according to packet instructions. When it is cooked add 3 tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese and stir well.

Serve with a few drops of balsamic vinegar and ENJOY!

risotto radicchio

risotto radicchio


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5 Responses to Risotto with Radicchio, speck and balsamic vinegar

  1. Javelin Warrior

    I really should use radicchio more often – it’s a wonderful flavor and texture and definitely underused here in the US. This looks like a wonderful risotto!

  2. Louise

    This sounds like such a comforting meal, Alida. Radicchio and Speck compliment each other so nicely. I love the touch of Balsamic!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Buonissimo il risotto al radicchio, mi piace l’idea di aggiungere l’aceto balsamico, deve essere più gustoso! Baci!

  4. rosita vargas

    Una gran delicia muy bonito su risotto e irresistible,abrazos.

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