Risotto alla Pavese


Creamy risotto made with fresh cranberry beans comes from the Lombardy region of Italy. With traditional flavors from the region, this risotto is bursting with flavor and healthy goodness. Cranberry beans are also called borlotti beans. They are considered 'the poor man's meat' due to their nutritional value.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 6 cups vegetable broth

  • 18 ounces fresh cranberry beans, shelled

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

  • 1 fresh bay leaf

  • 1 sprig fresh sage

  • 1 ¼ cups uncooked carnaroli rice

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • ¾ cup tomato sauce


  1. Pour vegetable broth into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add fresh cranberry beans and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are soft but not mushy, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove beans with a slotted spoon, leaving the vegetable broth over the heat source on medium-low.

  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, whole rosemary sprig, bay leaf, and sage. Sauté until onion is soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add rice and stir to toast the rice, 2 to 3 minutes. Once rice is toasted, add drained beans and stir until well coated.

  3. Add white wine and stir until wine is fully absorbed. Add 1/2 cup broth to the rice and stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding 1/2 cup of broth at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente. Add tomato sauce and stir until creamy and thick. This whole process will take about 18 minutes.

  4. Remove risotto from the heat source and let stand for 2 minutes. Remove rosemary twig, bay leaf, and sage and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

932 Calories
21g Fat
145g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 932
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 1002mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 145g 53%
Dietary Fiber 34g 123%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 209mg 16%
Iron 8mg 45%
Potassium 1886mg 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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