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    Francesca's Risi E Bici

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    1 hr

    15 mins

    45 mins

    Baby Kato's Note:

    I got this delicious recipe from a sweet elderly italian lady. It's so simple to make and tastes great. Francesca always told me to use good quality cheese and wine, because you can taste the difference.

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    1. 1
      Put the saffron threads into the hot chicken stock to steep(keep warm).
    2. 2
      Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, stir in fennel, onion and mushrooms and saute 4 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add the rice to the vegetable mixture, stir frequently until rice is shiny and has begun to absorb the butter.
    4. 4
      Lower the heat and add the wine, stirring constantly until the wine is absorbed.
    5. 5
      Next pour in 1/4 cup of the hot stock, stir constantly until the stock is absorbed, do this 1/4 cup at at time until all the stock has been absorbed by the rice.
    6. 6
      Stir in the peas and olive oil cook an additional 3 minutes.
    7. 7
      Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
    8. 8
      Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
    9. 9
      Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese on top of the rice just before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 22, 2012


      Beautiful! The flavours layered together wonderfully and the cooking method was perfect. The only thing I'd change next time and it's a very small thing is to use double the amount of mushrooms, they melded together so well with everything else I wouldn't have minded a few more.

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    • on June 06, 2011


      Yummi risotto! The quantities were perfect, I did not have to add any drops of liquid, the rice was perfect.
      I loved very much the new addition (for me) of fennel. Thanks.
      Done for ZWT7.

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    • on May 28, 2011


      While I enjoyed the flavor of this recipe, I had a problem with the rice part. Mine was pretty pasty and still a bit crunchy. Not sure what I did wrong. Obviously it works as there are 2 5-start ratings already. I followed the directions as written and since the rice was still hard, I added another 1/2 cup of broth. Please give this recipe a try as I am sure it was purely operator error in this case..

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    Nutritional Facts for Francesca's Risi E Bici

    Serving Size: 1 (305 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 385.4
    Calories from Fat 135
    Total Fat 15.0 g
    Saturated Fat 7.4 g
    Cholesterol 34.7 mg
    Sodium 636.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 42.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
    Sugars 6.3 g
    Protein 15.7 g

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