Oven-baked risotto

Oven-baked risotto

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(306 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

Cook this simple storecupboard risotto in the oven while you get on with something else – the result is still wonderfully creamy

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal517
  • fat20g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs63g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein22g
  • salt3.38g
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  • 250g pack smoked bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped



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

  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 300g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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

  • half a glass of white wine (optional)
  • 150g pack cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 700ml hot chicken stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 50g Parmesan, grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Fry the bacon pieces in an ovenproof pan or casserole dish for 3-5 mins until golden and crisp. Stir in the onion and butter and cook for 3-4 mins until soft. Tip in the rice and mix well until coated. Pour over the wine if using and cook for 2 mins until absorbed.

  2. Add the cherry tomatoes and the hot stock, then give the rice a quick stir. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and bake for 18 mins until just cooked. Stir through most of the Parmesan and serve sprinkled with the remainder.

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Comments (318)

bfprim's picture

I love this recipe! For those struggling with the time in the oven, I usually do this on the gas hob with a tight fitting lid and it seems to be done in about 15 - 18 minutes. I love reading all the variations on here and often use them myself! Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Alex Stratford's picture

Great recipe, don't need to stand over a stove for 45mins! I added olives which worked really well, definitely needs 30mins cooking time.

last edited: 11:46, 3rd Jul, 2013
turkishjelly's picture

Absolutely gorgeous! This is so easy to make and it even had my fussy brother asking for seconds. I also added some porcini mushrooms and substituted some of the chicken stock with the mushroom stock (I used dried porcini mushrooms which were soaked in water and this makes the mushroom stock).

karipatta's picture

This risotto is delicious and so easy. I only had 125g bacon and I added 100g chopped marinated artichoke hearts, but other than these small changes, I followed the recipe. I found it needed another 10 minutes in the oven. I will be making this again!

gail35mitchell's picture

Works perfectly every time. A regular in our house.

suzymmorton's picture

Very easy and tastes lovely. There wasn't a huge amount of food there. Next time I'll definitely make it with extra veg on the side.

rononsmum's picture

I personally liked this recipe but my son wouldn't even touch it. I'll just have to add risotto to the long list of foods this fussy little 4yr old won't eat!

traceyrennie's picture

I use a tin of chopped tomatoes and reduce the stock to 350ml. Really easy and tasty and if I have any leftover cooked chicken I add that too.

jocollins1967's picture

Brilliant recipe, have cooked it many times and it always comes out perfect. It does, however, take a little longer to cook than stated. Endless variations are possible. I leave out the tomatoes and cheese and add chorizo, chicken and either leeks, peas or artichoke hearts. Delicious!

jonhale38's picture

Easy to do and very yummy I found it needed 30 mins in the oven and not the 18 shown

jose81's picture

I've reviewed this before but we've had it so many times I wanted to add another! I don't think I've cooked risotto the classic way since discovering this recipe, and everyone loves it. Tried it tonight with unsmoked bacon and prefer the less salty taste of this. Also added half a leek in place of half the onion (more veg!) and only used 250g rice. Easily fed three adults. Oh, and definitely needs 25mins cooking time.

carab's picture

Oh my goodness, this is the best risotto I have ever tasted and soooo simple to make. I substituted the bacon for chorizo and the cherry tomatoes for baby plum tomatoes and it was divine!!!! The wine definitely adds to the flavour (I tipped in a full glass of dry white).

sarahmartyn's picture

Forgot to rate before- definitely 5 stars!!

sarahmartyn's picture

Didn't have white wine so added a splash of white wine vinegar instead. Also cooked it for a little longer than the recipe states. End dish was really tasty. Make sure you give it a really good stir when it comes out of the oven to break up the tomatoes and enrich the sauce. Went down a treat as a buffet dish for the family on Good Friday-everyone loved it and my brother (who doesn't really cook) even asked me for the recipe!

traceyrennie's picture

Really easy and tasty. I served 5 with this and also served it with sliced chicken breasts. I have also added sliced cooked sausages after cooking which went down very well.

laonie's picture

My son doesn't like tomato so I made this using applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms, spring onions and asparagus. I didn't have any decent parmesan in the house so I used aged smoked cheddar instead. Yum! The entire batch only made enough for me and one perpetually 'starving' 14yo.

ruthdavis560's picture

Did this just now and was in a hurry, it was easy and done to perfection in the 18 minutes which allowed me time to get ready to go out, perfect!

fegregory's picture

This was lovely and the portion size was just right for a family of 4 with two under 5s. The only comment I would make is that the timing seemed to be way out. I checked it after 30 mins and it was nowhere near done. It took an hour.

jose81's picture

Just made this for the second time and LOVE it! Added a chopped leek and doubled the butter with the onion stage. Took 25mins in fan oven and was perfect with a green salad. Made two massive adult portions and a pretty big toddler portion. No leftovers!

dottiedoodah's picture

I didn't have any bacon or cherry tomatoes so I used 3/4 tin of chopped tomatoes and chorizo slices chopped up - even though I cobble together the ingredients from the very back of my cupboard and the bottom of my fridge it still seemed to work out ok and was easy peasy. I served it up with trepidation as the kids sniffed at it suspciously, then took tentative mouse size nibbles - then a bigger bit, and a bit more - polished off the whole plate! A winning combo - easy, quick fairly healthy and the kids loved it!


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