Pancetta Risotto Recipe with Radicchio

Radicchio and pancetta risotto

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Radicchio and pancetta are a classic Italian pairing. Sharp and salty, they have been brought together to complement this creamy risotto, which can be whipped up for a quick midweek dinner


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  • butter 25g
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • shallots 4, finely diced
  • smoked pancetta 75g, diced
  • radicchio 1, about 225g
  • risotto rice 225g
  • chicken stock 500-600ml
  • pancetta 4-6 slices, thinly sliced
  • full-fat crème fraîche 2 tbsp
  • parmesan 25-50g, finely grated


  • Step 1

    Melt the butter and olive oil in a small casserole dish. Add the shallots and fry gently until soft. Add the diced pancetta and continue to cook, stirring, until almost crisp. In the meantime, cut the top half off the radicchio and shred. Slice the bottom half into thin wedges, trimming the root but leaving enough of it behind to hold the wedges together. Add the rice to the pan, stir briskly for a minute or two, then add the shredded radicchio and a ladleful of stock. Cook at a gentle simmer, stirring from time to time, adding more stock as it is absorbed. Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron griddle pan and cook the radicchio wedges on both sides so they are slightly charred. Remove and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Heat a frying pan and dry-fry the pancetta slices until the fat turns golden. Remove from pan and set aside – they will go crisp.  When the rice is nearly cooked but still has a good bite (about 20 minutes), check for seasoning, turn off the heat, add the crème fraîche and the extra butter, stir well, put the lid on the casserole and leave for 5 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the chargrilled radicchio wedges. Top each plateful with the crisp pancetta and parmesan.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 196
  • Fat 72.9g
  • Saturates 32.6g
  • Carbs 91.7g
  • Fibre 4.3g
  • Protein 41.1g
  • Salt 4.7g