Radicchio inspiration
Tuesday, 5th February 2019 by Rachel

Radicchio is a bitter red lettuce from the chicory family. It’s most commonly grown in winter and provides us with a vivid burst of colour in the bleaker months.

Some veg scheme members are a bit stumped by this bitter leaf, so to help you liberate it from the back of your fridge, we’ve compiled some mouth-watering recipes for you.

I look to Italy for inspiration - the Italians know what to do with radicchio. It’s considered not just a salad component but as a very important ingredient in its own right. There are so many Italian recipes for radicchio, usually grilled, fried or stuffed, and mostly involving cheese. It’s used in pasta dishes, quiches and pies, crostini , tortelloni and much more. It also pairs well with honey and balsamic vinegar.

 

Roasted, grilled or baked

Roast squash with radicchio and miso

Grilled Radicchio with balsamic

Radicchio rolls with ricotta and walnuts

 

Salads

Roasted carrots, hazelnut, radicchio & honey

Radicchio with pear, parsley & blue cheese

Radicchio, kohlrabi, blood orange & almond 

 

In pasta

Orecchiette with radicchio peas and smoked pancetta

Vegan radicchio linguine

Anna Jones's strozzapreti with radicchio and balsamic