Ham Risotto Recipe (Risi e Bisi): A Simple Italian Risotto Recipe by 30Seconds Food

Ham Risotto Recipe (Risi e Bisi): A Simple Italian Risotto Recipe

Risi e bisi is an Italian rice dish similar to risotto. This easy risi e bisi recipe uses rice, peas and ham, so it's a creative way to use leftover ham after a holiday or big family meal. So savory, so easy and so delicious!

The risotto is made with stock, onion, garlic, leftover ham, Arborio rice, peas and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Be sure to use Arborio rice for this recipe, not long-grain rice. Serve this risi e bisi recipe as a side dish or a main dish with a salad (or not). 

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped leftover ham or diced prosciutto  
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • chopped parsley, for garnish 

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the broth and water in a saucepot. Bring to a simmer and keep warm. 
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the ham and cook about 2 minutes more. 
  3. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  4. Starting slowly adding the hot broth into the rice about 1 cup at a time and cook until it has absorbed. 
  5. Add the peas and Parmesan cheese and cook about 2 minutes more. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley. 

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Sauce Pots $10 & Up
Skillets $10 & Up
Arborio Rice $4 & Up
Chicken Broth $1 & Up
Vegetable Broth $2 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up

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Julie Rose
So so delicious. 🥰
This looks really good!
Elisa Schmitz
I love rice dishes like this. So savory and comforting. Can't wait to try it, thanks!

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