Cheesy Risi e Bisi

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 23 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 18 min
  • Yield: 4 servings as a side dish
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large clove garlic, finely chopped

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 cup arborio rice

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup dry white wine

3 to 4 cups chicken stock, 1 quart size box, available on soup aisle of the market

1/4 to 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano, a generous handful

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 cup tiny frozen peas


  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and garlic and onion and saute, stirring constantly 2 to 3 minutes then add rice and season with a little salt and pepper. Cook another minute or so then add wine and let it completely absorb, 30 seconds. Add about 1 cup chicken stock and stir. Reduce heat a bit to medium. Stir often and continue adding a half cup of liquid each time liquid becomes completely absorbed. Cook 22 minutes, using as much stock as is necessary to result in creamy-consistency rice with a bite to it.
  2. When rice is cooked to desired consistency, remove from heat and stir in cheese, parsley and peas and stir to combine and to heat peas through.