Try this delicious Italian rice with raisins (Riso coll’ Uvetta) from Veneto. This is another traditional family Mediterranean Diet recipe from Siena Terenzio.  Rice with raisins might seem unusual, but I have to say it’s absolutely delicious!

The largest rice producing areas in Italy are in the region of Lombardy. Although this is known, the Venetians have their own rice specialties unlike those of the Lombard’s. For example, in Veneto rice is never eaten alone; for this reason, the creation of rice with raisins was born.

Raisins are not a conventional ingredient in northern Italian cooking. Raisins are more typically used in Sicily because the Sicilian cuisine has some Arab, and Greek influences.

Italian Rice with Raisins (Riso coll’ Uvetta)

Italian Rice with Raisins (Riso coll’ Uvetta)

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 4
Calories 416 kcal


  • 1/3 cup raisins, soaked in water or wine for 10 minutes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups rice (of your choosing)
  • 5 cups boiling stock or water
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  • Drain the raisins from the water or wine and pat them dry.
  • Keep one clove of garlic whole, and finely chop the other. Fry the whole garlic, as well as the chopped garlic, with oil and parsley in a large heavy pan. Once the whole garlic is browned throw it out, keeping the chopped garlic, oil and parsley.
  • Add the raisins and then the rice to the oil and cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Add a cup of boiling stock or water. Once the cup of stock or water has been absorbed, add another cup. Continue adding a cup at a time and letting it absorb until the rice is soft but still moist. Depending on the type of rice used, you may use up to 10 cups of liquid.
  • Once the dish is ready, sprinkle with the grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy!


Calories: 416kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 9