Italian Rice and Peas

"This rice is a little moister than most rice dishes. It goes well with other veggies. It is a speciality of Venice"
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photo by ncmysteryshopper
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  • Melt 2 oz of butter in a saucepan.
  • Add chopped onion and celery, cook until just translucent.
  • Add rice, cook a few minutes more, stirring to coat the rice with butter.
  • Add wine, 1 cup of boiling water and crumbled stock cubes.
  • Bring to a boil, add peas.
  • Reduce heat, simmer uncovered until the water has evaporated.
  • Add another cup of boiling water, cook until evaporated.
  • Add the final cup of boiling water.
  • Keep cooking until the water is almost absorbed.
  • Overall cooking time is about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the Parmesan cheese and 1 oz butter.
  • Add salt& pepper to taste.

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  1. queenbeatrice
    This went very well with a roasted chicken. I followed instructions as listed except for using whatever drippings I had from the roasted chicken I made to go with this, and mixed with enough water to make 3 cups liquids and omitted the bouillon cubes and it turned out droolicious!!!!!!!!!<br/>I will make this again for sure. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe.
  2. Mindy W.
    Need to heat at medium not simmer, took more than 20 minutes
  3. Chris S.
    I made this last night for my fiance and i for our anniversary dinner i added in 2 chicken breast cut into pieces with the rice and cooked it before i added the whine thanks for the recipe
  4. risabug
    This was good, but I thought it a little bland for myself and my better half. We are spice fiends, so I added a little minced garlic and a little italian seasonings. Also upped the wine a little (and cut on the water a touch). All in all I will make this again.
  5. SarahBeth
    Great recipe! I halved the recipe (just the two of us) and I don't think I will next time as DH ate a ton and I only got the one helping! Loved the peas! I did sub out the white wine "just in case" some didn't cook off and used chicken broth in place! I can't wait to try it with the white wine soon! I may also try with brown rice! Thanks for posting!


  1. ncmysteryshopper
    I started cooking before reading the directions all the way I ended up adding all the water (and cold at that) in the very beginning... with that said, this recipe must be fool-proof because the rice was excellent. There is so much flavor yet it is not overpowering at all. I used dry vermouth in place of the white wine and I also used Better then Bouillon for the stock cubes (low-sodium.) Excellent recipe! I have never cooked rice without covering it....and I love learning new things! Thanks Bergy!


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