Oven-baked leek & bacon risotto

Oven-baked leek & bacon risotto

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A one-pot risotto you don't need to stand over for half an hour? Got to be a midweek winner

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
424
protein
22g
carbs
55g
fat
14g
saturates
5g
fibre
5g
sugar
3g
salt
2.34g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 rashers smoked back bacon, roughly chopped
  • 2 leeks, halved lengthways and finely sliced
  • 250g risotto rice
  • 700ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 175g frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp soft cheese
  • zest 1 lemon

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Tip the oil into an ovenproof casserole dish. Add bacon and fry for 2 mins. Add the leeks and cook until soft, but not coloured, for about 4-5 mins. Tip in rice and cook for 1 min more. Pour over stock. Cover and place in the oven for 20 mins, stirring halfway.
  2. When rice is just tender and all liquid is absorbed, remove from oven and stir in peas. Place back in oven for 2 mins more. Remove and stir in cheese. Add zest and season.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2011

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13badgers's picture
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Love risotto, but don't really like the standing stirring part.

This was so easy and really tasty - will definitely become a family favourite!! I will also use this recipe and adapt it to use up anything I can find in the fridge!

juliamiller's picture
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Have made this risotto loads of times and never fails to please. It is so easy and quick, a perfect evening meal.

vixg66's picture
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First time I've made risotto and this recipe was so easy. I cooked it for about 30 minutes and added some crumbled black pudding that I needed to use up, but followed the rest of the recipe as stated. Lovely.

ProvincialMummy's picture

This is an absolute midweek lifesaver and a joy to eat too. Firmly in our rotation of 'weekly' meals being so simple and easily adaptable to other ingredients.

poldweia's picture

This was absolutely delicious, and dead easy. I'll definitely make it again.

jcrawley's picture
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This was very tasty and cooked in the time quoted. If I was making it again I would probably leave out the soft cheese and maybe just grate some parmesan into it.

gemma391's picture
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Made a few times and every time it tastes fab! So easy and with cheap ingredients it's a definite winner!!

Douglas Foodie's picture

Really tasty and so easy!! It's real comfort food!!

minibear's picture

Very tasty. I would highly recommend replacing approx. 250ml of stock with white wine. I also added a chopped clove of garlic, 2 chicken breasts and only added 2tbsp of cream cheese replacing the 3rd with grated Parmesan and extra for serving. A really simple, effective recipe.

hanny16's picture

Made this according to the recipe (for once!) and it came out perfect. Really simple and tasty

Em fenlon's picture

This was so easy and really tasty! I made it for my boyfriend, who isn't the biggest fan of leeks or peas, and he really liked it! I made it with cheapy plain white rice, and it worked perfectly. I also used the juice of half a lemon instead of the zest, and the flavour carried really well through the dish. Will definitely be making this again!

catstringer's picture

I was apprehensive to bake the risotto but it turned out great! It definitely took more like 35-40 minutes in the oven but I did add courgette and green pepper instead of the leeks. The cream cheese gave it that lovely oozy texture without adding too many extra calories!

traceyrennie's picture
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I made this and added some cooked sliced chicken breasts at the end. It served 3 big appetites and was easy, tasty and very much appreciated. My husband thought I had taken ages to make it. Result.

yousef's picture
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I had a day off work and promised my Girlfriend I would cook, about an hour before she came home I hadnt started anything. I found this recipe online looking for quick one pot recipes and cooked it for her. It was the first time I had attempted a Risotto and it turned out perfectly. I followed the recipe completely and I added some frozen prawns at the same time as the bacon. She said it was the best thing I had ever cooked. We will be having this again very soon.

malverns28's picture
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We loved this! needed quick mid week meal and this was so easy!The lemon zest really lifted the meal. added sour cream that needed be used up that not the soft cheese. Sour cream added a lovely 'creaminess!' will def make again!

liannewarner's picture
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We make this recipe every time we have leeks to use up and it always turns out great. So easy to make.

lizleicester's picture
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No leeks or risotto rice to hand this time, so used onions and long grain rice instead. Also used up smoked cooked gammon joint instead of bacon and the result was still delicious - definitely helped by really good home made chicken stock.

sarahleetes's picture
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Great tasting risotto, BUT it definately does not serve 4 people as a main meal, more like 2! I also served crusty bread with it and I am glad I did due to portion size! I also had to use extra stock (quarter pint) when I added the peas which took 5 mins extra to cook . All in all my whole family loved this, including the kids, but as I said we needed more of it! Next time I will double the amount of rice and use 8 rashers of bacon! Really creamy!

noddy1978's picture

I used normal long grain rice as i could not find Risotto rice. this was easy and tasted fantastic with the mild lemon flavour.

youngphil's picture
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My family have completely re-assessed my cooking abilities after this recipe. Little do they know how simple it is!!

Brilliant. Thank you very much

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