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Radicchio risotto

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Radicchio risotto

Main Serves 4 40 min
Slightly bitter radicchio makes a nice contrast to the starchiness of the rice and the rich, reduced stock. For a vegetarian version leave out the sausage and add a handful of sautéed mushooms, or some peas or chopped asparagus. This goes down very well with a bottle of white wine.

Cook's notes

We've used Parmesan in this recipe but if you are vegetarian you can use an alternative. Good vegetarian Parmesan can be difficult to get hold of; vegetarian Pecorino is often tastier.


  • 1 large head radicchio
  • 300g sliced Italian sausage
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 400g rice
  • 2 litres chicken or vegetable stock
  • 40g butter
  • 60g Parmesan, grated
  • salt and pepper
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Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
  • Step 1

    Clean and finely chop the radicchio leaves and dice the stems. Break the sausage meat into chunks. Put the sausage and radicchio in a large pan with the oil, garlic and onion and brown for a few minutes.
  • Step 2

    Add the rice and mix well to coat each grain with the oil. Add the boiling stock, ladle by ladle, stirring continuously. Wait until each ladleful is absorbed before you add the next.
  • Step 3

    After 15-20 minutes the rice should be cooked. Remove from the heat, adjust the seasoning and add a little more stock if required. Add the butter in chunks, along with the Parmesan, and mix well before serving.

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