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)

Memetimms's picture

Big hit in our family. We will likely have this as a regular meal.

sergey pavlenko's picture

Hi, so i'm only a twelve year old and i cook dinner for my family every Wednesday, but anyway i cooked this as one of the meals my whole family loved it so i really recommend it

Zubes's picture

I use this recipe as a base but end up throwing in whatever leftover veg I have in the fridge. I also end up seasoning it loads more and maybe adding some spice too. It's pretty simple and easy to make mid week and for leftovers.

suekeating's picture

Loved this. Easy to do, very tasty and makes a perfect lunch. Think I'll use it as a base recipe and try some variations as well. I added pecorino rather than parmesan and it was delicious

jade cooper's picture

Easy, tasty and nice. But before serving try adding some parmazan cheese and mixing it together to add some extra zing and taste to the already awesome recipe

caryntay's picture

So easy and tasty! added a bit of chicken stock and some capsicum instead of the peas. Everyone licked their plates clean :)

Alex...989's picture

Great made it to days in a row

taragoodwin802's picture

So easy to make and delicious! Add mixed herbs to get an even tastier dish!

lynton38's picture

Really quick,tasty dish made it tonight, will add chili and garlic next time to further enhance the already great flavour. Cost is excellent, good budget dish.

mandnlee's picture

So delicious, and so quick, easy and budget friendly. Definitely a keeper for a wet and windy winters night.

emylouiom's picture

Really easy to make and tastes great - a perfect midweek meal. I often take the bacon out of the pan once it's fried and re-add it at the end so it stays crispy.

Danni1233's picture

Guys how much water do I need with stock? HELP? Half though making it xx

Moegi's picture

Easy and tasty. Nothing can go wrong <3 Just amazing!

lhitchman's picture

This was yummy! I made two versions- one meat and one vegetarian with Quorn bacon lardons (from the frozen section). I also added some sausages along with the bacon as I had them in the fridge! My partner said it worked out well, and I think the vege version was delicious! I also added two cloves of garlic along with the onions.

Olivia-W's picture

Swapped my peas for cabbage while using Chicken stock and is soo yummy! Use this recipe all the time! Quicker than expected, Love it!

floozeygirl's picture

Added some garlic pepper - amazing! Even my seventeen year old daughter who hates peas had second helpings.

bluejay's picture

Had a few artichoke hearts left in a jar so added those, chopped, along with garlic - really tasty and lower in cals than quite a few other recipes

mithvingiel's picture

Super easy to cook and tasted heavenly!

Milly_G's picture

I'm a student, and convinced my parents I can cook with this recipe! Fool proof to make and tastes delicious!

mercuryzelda's picture

This risotto is amazing! I used leftover gammon instead of bacon, and added the garlic as suggested by the previous comments. I also added 1 tsp of dried parsley along with the salt and pepper. I will definitely be making this again!


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RebeccaEO's picture

Loved this recipe, very quick and easy and everyone enjoyed it - perfect for a quick but wholesome mid-week meal. Would recommend using back bacon and cutting the fat off rather than using streaky though, as the fat can go a bit rubbery whilst simmering.