Oven-baked risotto

Oven-baked risotto

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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

    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 (316)

pinkpanther54's picture

My first ever attempt at a risotto and what a success!I added some peppers and mushrooms and it was lovely.Next time I will add a handfull of frozen peas too.I had mine in the oven for about 25 mins as at the time stated I didn't feel it was quite ready.It was just for two of us and there was enough to feed maybe one more adult but not 4,however we also had garlic bread which went really well.This will be another meal to add to our favourites.

sarethixton's picture

lovely , best risotto ive ever made!

hollyg17's picture

Absolutely love this recipe, use it time and time again. I'm a student and this is so easy, quick and cheap! I mix it up a lot of the time, adding mushrooms, peas, sweetcorn or peppers etc. Can't praise it enough.

exjack's picture

This is so easy to make and is really tasty, I added Chorizo and fresh rosemary too

debbyanne's picture

Absolutely fabulous, can't wait to cook it again. sooo easy

MealyMum's picture

Love the no stir element. I added some chorizo in with the bacon, and grated and diced courgette (attempt to get veg into self, hubby and kids). Great to adapt and more veg / other meat whilst knowing that the baking method really works. Hubby who "doesn't like risotto" had seconds and thirds!

naughtypudding's picture

Absolutely delicious! I made this last night for my partner and I and will definitely be making it on a regular basis. As we are both following the Slimming World diet I did not add any butter, oil or wine and it was still creamy and yummy. I softened the onion in a little water for 4 minutes in the microwave. I could also have used Frylight if I had wanted. I added mushrooms and peas and next time may use chicken in place of the bacon or as well as - it would still be perfect for Slimming World. The only Syn value in the whole recipe was a negligible amount from the stock cube. It tasted like a full fat restaurant dish and, yes, we ate it all!!

debbyanne's picture

This was amazing, so quick and easy to do too.

franplayfoot's picture

Wouldn't adapt this recipe as its very tasty as it is, altho I have made this a few times and just stick in whatever ive got in the fridge! Loved by all the family including a 6,5 and 3 year old.

lucilav's picture

Love this recipe! It's easy and delicious - all I can ask for.

natb82's picture

Made this loads is fab as it is and goes great with chicken/spicy sausage too. So easy. Love it!

annieban's picture

First risotto. Really easy and tasty, children polished it off!

ipana_c's picture

Like most people, this just didn't cook in 25mins in the oven. After leaving it in for 40 mins and seeing it was still under-cooked, I put in on the stove for another 10 mins to finish it off.

I added crushed chillies, garlic and at the very end stirred in a couple tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese. That really did the trick! The cream-cheese made it much tastier and gave it a slight creamy kick.

Can't rate this higher than 2 as the recipe needs a lot of adapting and just doesn't cook as quick as it said.

lolalou's picture

Mmm this was really good, I think I probably ate far too much! Cooked for 20 minutes and it was fine :)

lewisc14's picture

Well this one had a mixed reaction in my house. I loved it. Quick and simple and very tasty. My other half however said he didn't like it. He thought it tasted too much of cheese and didn't finish it! He never leaves food!

chockagirl's picture

Delicious! Really simple and tastes just like one that you stand over the hob for. I found it took longer to cook also. I added some mushrooms before I put it in the oven and they were perfect. Loved it! I think it was generous for two people, but probably wouldn't stretch to 4 adults.

backlee's picture

Really nice - used normal rice as I'd run out of risotto. Worked fine added a bit of Umami to add a bit of zing.

emtheflem's picture

Made this in a cookery class, very simple and easy to make! It took longer washing up than making the risotto! I made it with Pancetta, which worked just as well. As others say could do with a little longer, 25-28 minutes, but overall fantastic recipe, everyone loved it!


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