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)

jiggler69's picture

Just made this- really easy, really quick, really tasty. A good meal was had

coughlin48's picture

This was my attempt at risotto and we all loved it!

jennifercurtis's picture

I also added mushrooms... delicious!!

rbanksg's picture

Very easy recipe with devastatingly good results - Risotto made easy. I added Chorizo as it's a personal favourite of mine. This dish will definitely be making another appearance soon.

abbatia's picture

Absolutely delicious risotto! Was not quite enough but not far off. Will be making this more often!

teamtyrer's picture


As my partner has a wheat intolerance we eat lots of risottos, this one was very moorish...in fact we ate the leftovers cold for supper and it was even nice cold.

shonahutchison's picture

I really liked it but it filled me up so quickly! My husband enjoyed it also. My sons not so much saddly. It was my first risotto aswell :)

ptw1953's picture

I'd read the posts - first-timer risotto cooks who said that this recipe was excellent, and you know what? They were spot on. My first time risotto making, and my partner say tht she wants this (and some ingredient experiments) at least once a week. Superb...

clairehazel's picture

It was very easy to make but a little salty for me, tasty though. The 4yr old loved it so it's great for getting peas into her (no chance otherwise!). Unfortunately the other half really disliked it but he can't put his finger on what it is he doesn't like as he likes all of the ingredients! Arghhh! Don't you just hate trying to please everyone?!

bonbonone's picture

Why not saute the rice in a little of the bacon fat to coat? If you like you rice separate it makes a big difference.

littlemisspoog's picture

Sorry - I had rated this as a 4* recipe but somehow it changed to 3* - this is definitely a 4*!!!

littlemisspoog's picture

Made this last night and it went down a treat! SO easy and SO quick!! (I didn't have any risotto rice in the house *gasp!* so I used basmati rice instead and it worked just as well!) Really yum!

loveseansmith's picture

made this multiple times now and it never fails really nice and an all round favourite at home!

jerseyjilly's picture

Love this recipe even though I am not a rice lover. Use M&S Vegetable stock which gives a lovely flavour. I also add prawns to mine to make it more interesting, but so easy to make and delicious.

henlady's picture

Pretty quick, very easy as you don't really have to watch it and kids loved it - A winner all round. Will use this as base recipe and try different veg/additions.

minimee215's picture

very tasty and easy to make have made this several times now the family loves it.

yvered's picture

If I can't get access to rissoto, will it work with basmati?

rebecca1july's picture

great as a standby recipe will ake again.

ffowles's picture

Very scrummy and so easy to make. Will definitely be doing this again!

aimeemacdn123's picture

Really tasty and so easy, this is what I call comfort food! I halved the ingredients and it made a generous portion for two. I used Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon for the stock. That, and the bacon, made the dish quite salty so I didn't add any extra. I found it very satisfying for a relatively low-cal meal. Using different veggies instead of the bacon would make it even healther too.


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