Panissa risotto and beans
Panissa risotto and beans is the North Italian equivalent of pasta and beans. A traditional peasant dish also known as paniscia or panizza depending on the local dialect.
We were introduced to panissa risotto and beans by Signora Carla at the Principato di Lucedio near Trino in the Vercelli province of Piedmont. In this area surrounded by rice fields, people can distinguish carnaroli from aborrio, and they know how to make their risotto creamy and tasty without using more than the most basic ingredients. In this case Signora Carla used red wine instead of white and a particular sausage from Novara known as ‘salamin d’ la duja‘. This speciality is virtually unobtainable outside Piedmont, but in my opinion a Bratwurst or Frankfurter will make an acceptable substitute.