This version of the classic “risi e bisi” has enough ham and cheese to make it qualify as a main course.
Time to prepare: 30 minutes
| 1 lb. sliced cooked ham
2 Tbs. butter or margarine
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
1 pkg (10 oz.) frozen green peas
3 cups chicken or beef broth
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Additional butter to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
| Cut ham into squares, about 3/4- inch. Sed aside.
Heat butter in leavy-lidded casserole. Add onion and saute for 2 minutes until tender. Stir in the rice. Mix until rice is evenly coated with butter.
Add the frozen peas and ham, then add the broth. Bring to boiling; stir once. Cover and turn heat down to low. Cook for 20 minutes. Rice should absorbe all the liquid in this time.
Fold in the Parmesan cheese. Add butter, if desired. Taste. Add salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve immediately.
|Good served with green salad, fresh hot rye or whole wheat bread.|