Francesca's Risi E Bici

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

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.

Peter J March 22, 2012

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.

awalde June 06, 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..

Kim127 May 28, 2011

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