Easy risotto with bacon & peas

Easy risotto with bacon & peas

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(178 ratings)

Ready in 40-50 minutes


Serves 4

Not for risotto purists - this simple recipe has just 5 ingredients and the stock is added all in one go

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal396
  • fat11g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.88g
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  • 1 onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 300g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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

  • 1l hot vegetable stock
  • 100g frozen pea


  1. Finely chop the onion. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a knob of butter in a pan, add the onions and fry until lightly browned (about 7 minutes). Add the bacon and fry for a further 5 minutes, until it starts to crisp.

  2. Add the rice and stock, and bring to the boil. Stir well, then reduce the heat and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes until the rice is almost tender.

  3. Stir in the peas, add a little salt and pepper and cook for a further 3 minutes, until the peas are cooked. Serve sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.

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Comments (202)

elleshaw's picture

This is quick, easy and tasty. Added a chili for a bit of heat. Delicious!

kate_lucky13's picture

Delicious! Have cooked it a few times now and never fails to please. So easy and so tasty!

kate_lucky13's picture

Delicious! I've cooked this a few times now and it always goes down well. So easy to cook and so tasty!

mini_cook's picture

Delicous, I made this for my mum when she was out running and she was thrilled to come home and see this on the table, it is easy and very tasty! However, when the rice was cooking I kept adding more water and more stock because there was not enough as the rice had absorbed it and it had evaporated.

esowerby's picture

Simple, quick and delicious...

cjeajj's picture

I did 1/3 recipe quantities for everything except the bacon for which used up a cheap pack of 12 rashers -not surprisingly it was rather salty! Still very palatable though.

helsbells300's picture

I didn't have risotto rice so had to use ordinary rice which perhaps didn't work quite as well as it should. However, it was still tasty and really quick and cheap to make. Not one for a dinner party but a good budget busting mid-week meal.

katrina73's picture

made this for my boys and they loved it x

jules1997's picture

Really tasty and simple, I added some basil to give extra flavour but a great dish :)

sparklyshoes's picture

I have never made risotto before, thinking it was difficult and time consuming, but this was SO simple and delicious.... it has became a favourite meal in our house and I am adding more ingredients every time.

ljlazonby's picture

Delicious. I used shelled broad beans instead of peas as I have a glut of broad beans at the moment. It was a little salty but this may have been the bacon I used which I must admit wasn't the best bacon you can buy.

sassca's picture

Really enjoyed this. First time I'd ever cooked risotto! Used mushrooms as well and it was just lovely. I followed the recipe exactly, except for not adding any extra salt, the bacon and stock combination is salty enough.

Me and the OH really enjoyed it, and it's not often we both really like a dish! This recipe will become a keeper.

chinnymummy's picture

Delicious! And so easy to make! I'll definitely be adding this one to my repertoire!

cookiegalore's picture

Made this loads of times. It is simple, cheap and delicious.

Joana_M's picture

You can't go wrong this this recipe.

bobbins2011's picture

So easy. I added garlic with the onions and grated lemon zest at the end!

smsim8's picture

Quick, easy and tasty. I added mushrooms the second time I made it.

jessray81's picture

i cant see how much stock we have to you use can someone tell me please as want to cook this tonight, many thanks :)

jenniprice31@googlemail.com's picture

Love this dish! I didnt use peas and used brocolli instead :)

rebeccakirkby's picture

Absolutely delicious and very easy to make. I have even cooked it and put in fridge ready to reheat later in the week when I don't have much time to cook dinner. Is a firm favourite.


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