Risi E Bisi (Rice and Peas)


6 tbsp. butter or margarine
1/3 c. onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
1 1/3 c. water

1 c. raw regular white rice
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen peas
2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated

In 4 tablespoons hot butter in heavy 3 quart saucepan, saute onion and parsley 5 minutes.   Add rice; saute, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.

Add 2 cups water.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, covered, without stirring, 14 minutes or until liquid is all absorbed.

Meanwhile, cook peas as package label directs; drain well.  Stir peas, salt and remaining butter into rice.  Turn into serving dish.  Sprinkle top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Note:  You may substitute 1 1/2 cups fresh shelled peas for the frozen peas.  Cook in boiling, salted water, 10 to 15 minutes or until just tender.  Drain and add to rice.

Caroline Hall