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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elisaponsele's picture
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This is very straight-forward yet hearty and warming.
Put too much stock in by mistake so it was a bit runny but we added lots of freshly-grated parmesan and it worked alright. I did think the rice gets a little over-cooked in the time suggested.

ladyeeleanne's picture

this was lovely, my whole family enjoyed it and asked for more. loved it so much we had it twice in a week. a good meal for school days so simple an quick :D

helenclare5's picture
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I used left over cooked ham and a little chorizo (instead of the bacon) along with garlic and white wine - I used approx 200 ml of wine and 500ml of stock and stirred in some low fat soured cream instead of the cream cheese (although added some grated cheese to serve!!). Really good recipe and I was impressed that it didn't stick to the dish or dry out as I had expected! Next time I would reduce the lemon zest, but all in all very lovely! I think the servings are fine for 3 but for 4 would leave you hungry.

hattiebrett's picture

Can you easily make this for six instead of four or will that mess up the timings?

tweetie-pie's picture

This looks good, will try sometime :) - can someone let me know how much white wine should be added? And do you add this on top of the other liquids, or should you do less stock if adding wine?

michelasp's picture
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This was lovely- I added 3 cloves of garlic and used garlic and herb philadelphia. Went down a treat- will definitely make again!

andyleopold's picture
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The whole family loved this recipe - even my vegetable hating daughter! Quick and easy midweek meal though both the kids prefered it without the lemon.

moniqueelliott77's picture
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This is a firm family favourite. Very easy to make.

janbomyers's picture

Great! Really enojoyed it.

cherblm's picture
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I'm not a cheese fan at all, which usually means risottos are a no-go for me. But this was really good, didn't taste as heavy as you'd imagine (I think that's where the lemon really helped). Fed me and boyfriend for dinner, and did me lunch the next day, so I agree, the recipe is probably not enough for a family of four.

loopy08's picture
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This was delicious, I cooked it for my parents when they visited and they both enjoyed it too. As others have suggested i added garlic and white wine, I also doubled up on the ingredients, and I am glad I did as there were no leftovers after feeding 4 people.

eleanormayo's picture
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Yummy! Really enjoyed it. Made is for 2 people, but with 2 leeks & 4 rashers of bacon & added garlic & herb cream cheese.

mumsy5's picture
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Delicious! This is really scrummy ... even though I forgot to put the cream cheese in! But I thought it was absolutely fine without it plus it saved on a few calories!! My kids loved it too : )

bethocallaghan's picture
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Nice - easy to make - maybe not as creamy textured as making it properly. Used mascapone instead of the soft cheese. Only used 200g of rice for 2 and a half (baby daughter) people but seemed to need same amount of liquid...

liezeldutoit's picture
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I never considered myself a risotto person, but this recipe has changed me. It is easy to make, does not require any shopping and leaves very little washing up. I will definitely make this again.

purplecoyote's picture
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A really good really easy risotto, which can be difficult. I swapped the soft cheese for creme fraiche and added garlic and white wine as some others recommended, it was really nice. Definitely going to be made again. I added extra bacon and some extra vegetables and it fed 3 comfortably. Perhaps I'm just very greedy :)

sjeffery25's picture
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First time I had made a risotto, and was really pleased with how it turned out. Will maybe leave the cream cheese out next time though - didn't really need it.

theelkins's picture
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Brilliant receipe, so easy and quick to do. Will definitely make this again. Will reduce the amount of soft cheese next time as it was quite creamy but thats more about personal taste.

thomas11's picture
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Really nice recipe.Quick and easy to make and tasted delicious ! It was my first attempt at making a risotto and would definitely make again.

pixieloveheart's picture
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Nice and tasty, but I've never heard of making risotto without white wine or garlic so I added these, other than followed the recipe. But I agree this wouldn't feed 4! Also didn't use lemon and yes the tomato and bacon oven baked risotto is much nicer!

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