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)

sherah's picture

I really like risotto and made a version of this for my family including my traditional dad ( meat and potatoes please). Everyone liked it, I did add in some white wine at the beginning and before serving added in some cream and parmesan. Very nice.

muffinman's picture

Really enjoyed this risotto.Never made it before,so followed the recipe to be sure i'd made it right!! Would feel very confident about trying different stock and adding other veg. It didn't look a lot between 4 people,but it was very filling as a a main meal.

vickyhoughton's picture

A regular firm family favourite. Like many others it seems, this was my first attempt at making risotto and becuase it was so quick as well as easy, it has encouraged me to try more but this recipe but this is still my favourite.

kathryn1516's picture

I halved the recipe to make 2 portions. I've just eaten half of 1 portion and i feel stuffed already.

I didn't have any veggie stock cubes, so used checken.

It's very tasty although a little salty...and i didn't even add any! Could be from the checken stock?

bfcpaul's picture

Made this so many times. Its a complete doddle and VERY VERY tasty. Hugely recommended.

zambo101's picture

Beautifully simple! and my partners fave (As he can make it when i'm at work without calling me every 10 minutes for advice!

Once the onions have cooked i add any veges i have, last time it was mushrooms, courgettes, yellow pepper, sweetcorn and used chicken stock for a different kind of flavour.

Gorgeous little meal!

m1ll1e's picture

So easy to make and tasted great! Will definitely make this again.

squirrel_pigeon's picture

Very tasty and easy to do - next time though I will fry bacon in a separate pan to crisp it up as I found it wasn't crispy enough being cooked in with the onion.

miss_me_82's picture

This was so so yummy! First time I've made a risotto & I'll definatly use this recipe as a basis for variations in the future, it's just so easy!
10 out of 10!

glasgow's picture

Thought this was great - just made it and it's as good as any risotto I've made before (using the almost constant stirring method). Highly recommended

mirabella's picture

Lovely. I often make risotto this way with chicken stock and meat picked from a carcass. Never thought of bacon but will do again.

helenb123's picture

Yummy - used 1 1/2 pints of stock and will def be making again - very easily adaptable receipe

kfurber's picture

This was so easy and was not far off the results one would get making a risotto using the traditional method. Added peppers with the onions and some chopped up boiled egg just before serving. Delicious!

mikeba2009's picture

First time in making a risotto and have to say it was a huge hit with all the family and so easy to do. This will be made again and again.

spinchin's picture

Fab! Soooo easy and tasty!

bradandest's picture

Made this without the meat and added mushrooms and a ton of black pepper. Delicious! I converted my non risotto eating husband!

sazpots's picture

Great quick and easy meal. Used a chicken stock cube and added a left over chicken. Tasted brilliant.

flicmarks's picture

easy and quick to make and tastes sooo good, the only bad thing about risotto is it looks bare when serving. Any suggestions?

jeanius's picture

What a lovely mid-week meal this turned out to be. We all loved this and will definitely try it again and again and try adding other ingredients.

alicia-foodoholic's picture

Hi there,
Made this Thurday and was very very yummy!!!
Very quick and easy, however added more vegetables all these included; mushrooms, onion, carrots, brocolli, garlic, peas and sweetcorn.
Would definitely have again.


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