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)

obsidiana's picture

Fantastic recipe, it turned out brilliantly the first time. I didn't add any extra salt though, and I was glad of it. With the bacon and the stock (made from cubes), it was more than salty enough.

nelgra's picture

recipe and taste great with the exception that the amount of veg' stock does not show is it 1pint or 1 and a half pints this could make a lot of difference to the final meal I have assumed that it is the latter. would be grateful for conformation.

abby222's picture

I was worried this might end up a bit bland but it was lovely and tasty. My husband would probably think of himself as a risotto purist but he loved this. I had some mushrooms in the fridge so I added a few and it was great!

emcdee81's picture

First attempt at making risotto and it was amazingly easy. Will definitely be using this recipe again, very tasty.

nibakingqueen's picture

Just made this for the first time last night..really great!!Everyone loved it and people were asking for more!!Top recipe and really easy!

anna22's picture

Delicious! I added courgettes and more peas- easy to make and great for the whole family

hunkamunka's picture

I love this recipe. It's so quick and simple to make and I have made it several times for the family. I tend to use chicken rather than vegetable stock which I think is nicer.

christie108's picture

Took what little leftovers there was to the office next day for lunch - tastes just as good the next day.

mysticmama's picture

delicious and easy

msveshin's picture

very quick and tasty!

hiyamod's picture

very easy very very nice .. simple as that :-)

coppershoe409's picture

I don't think I will ever make risotto any other way now, this was delicious ! I added mushrooms instead of peas and it was lovely. Be careful adding salt though as the bacon makes it quite salty anyway. Will try it with peas later in the week...........am a bit of a risotto addict!!

superkat's picture

Loved this recipe - simple and quick, but gives great results!

lu-belle's picture

Great easy recipe - didn't have any parmesan so grated some cheddar. All the family loved it.

sherilynt's picture

This was my first attempt at making risotto and it was delicious. We had a good traditional free range chicken for Mother's day and I made a stock with the carcass and used the stock to make this Risotto the following day - I don't think it would have been aywhere near as good without good stock. Just made it for two of us so am going to turn the leftovers in Arancini.

curryman1955's picture

i have made this 4 times now , never fails ,tastes great too. didn't put it in the oven just simmerd on top of cooker.

fran3060's picture

I love this recipe! I have never cooked risotto before and due to this recipe have realised how easy it is. This is delicious and both my children love it. I am now trying lots of other risotto recipes!

kezannb's picture

Great recipe on it's own. I have made this 3 times and am adding different ingredients each time and have enjoyed each one. So easy.


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