Stuffed Radicchio

Sturdy radicchio leaves wrap up a mix of ground meat, orzo, raisins, and almonds in this spin on cabbage rolls.

Stuffed Radicchio
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • ½ cup dried orzo pasta

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 8 ounce ground beef

  • 8 ounce ground pork sausage

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh fennel, fronds reserved

  • ¼ cup raisins

  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 12 radicchio leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium saucepan cook orzo in boiling salted water 5 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.

  2. For sauce: In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high. Add cherry tomatoes; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until softened and charred. Add crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, lemon juice, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Spoon into a 3-quart baking dish.

  3. For filling: In a large bowl combine orzo, beef, pork, fennel, raisins, almonds, parsley, remaining 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and the cloves.

  4. Divide filling among radicchio leaves. Roll each leaf around filling and arrange, seam sides down, on sauce. Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.

  5. Bake, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes or until filling registers 160°F. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with fennel fronds. Serves 6.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

340 Calories
19g Fat
26g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 762mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 15.2mg 76%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 650mg 14%
Folate, total 30.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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