Oven-baked leek & bacon risotto

Oven-baked leek & bacon risotto

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(86 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


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: per serving

  • kcal424
  • fat14g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre5g
  • protein22g
  • salt2.34g
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 6 rashers smoked back bacon, roughly chopped



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 2 leeks, halved lengthways and finely sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 250g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 700ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 175g frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp soft cheese
  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  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.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (78)

hanny16's picture

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

Emmah1306'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!

catstring'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

beccam's picture

This has become a firm favourite in our household. Very tasty and very easy.

julietaylor5000's picture

I cooked this with 2 onions instead of leeks and fish mix, which included mussels, prawns and calamari and my other half thought it was totally amazing. It's so easy. Will definitely be making again!!

natalie30's picture

This was so easy to make and the result was fantastic! I used pancetta and added a little garlic but kept everything else the same. My husband was very impressed, we'll definitely be having this again very soon!

shiv367's picture

Thought this was fantastic, we love risotto but it's such a pain with all the stirring, this is so easy! Used garlic and chive Phili and it gave it a great extra flavour

scouty's picture

Delicious - I made with diced ham, added garlic, used lemon juice instead of zest. Made with 3/4 of quantities which was plenty for 2 adults and one junior. Will use as a base risotto for other ingredients eg chicken, salmon, prawns.

steadyeddie's picture

Excellent dish. Simple, easy & great tasting.

deborahmenzel's picture

We liked this. Creamy!

kathrynv's picture

This was okay. As some have mentioned above, don't think quantities are enough for 4 people. I think it is something I would make again if I had the ingredients to hand, but don't think I would make a specific shopping trip in order to be able to make it.

heaneye's picture

Made this tonight for the kids, added mushrooms and left out the lemon. Nice and comforting.


Questions (0)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (1)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…