Dinner Tonight: Radicchio Risotto

Dinner Tonight: Radicchio Risotto
Greens like escarole, endive, and the belovedly bitter radicchio are staples in winter, providing a sturdy counterpoint to warm, rich flavors as bold elements in a salad, such as frisee against crispy bacon or radicchio against crusty Jerusalem artichokes. But there is also lots of potential for forgoing their rawness in favor of heat: The bitterness is toned down while the sweetness increases, creating a compelling balance of flavors. This recipe, adapted from the San Francisco Chronicle, cooks down chopped radicchio with pancetta, so it almost braises into a sweet, sticky, porky mess. Stirred into an otherwise basic risotto, it dominates with its bold flavor (still, if you're not a fan of radicchio, this is probably not the recipes for you). During cooking its appealing purple color gets muted, but the flavor is quite unique. I drizzled mine with a little good thick aged balsamic (the thin harsh stuff is better left out) to accent the radicchio's coaxed sweetness.


, extra virgin olive oil, pancetta, minced, radicchio, coarsely chopped, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, chopped onion, Carnaroli or Arborio rice, white wine, hot chicken broth, unsalted butter, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, Aged balsamic vinegar for drizzling


Calories per serving:

325 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 17g 26%
  • Carbs 33g 11%
  • Saturated 5g 24%
  • Fiber 2g 6%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 9g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 8g 16%
  • Cholesterol 17mg 6%
  • Sodium 289mg 12%
  • Calcium 57mg 6%
  • Magnesium 24mg 6%
  • Potassium 359mg 10%
  • Iron 2mg 11%
  • Zinc 1mg 7%
  • Phosphorus 123mg 18%
  • Vitamin A 31µg 3%
  • Vitamin C 5mg 9%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 17%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 10%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 19%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 10%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 111µg 28%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 135µg 168%
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