Leek & bacon risotto

Leek & bacon risotto

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(39 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
A handful of ingredients and a quick and simple method - midweek cooking couldn't be easier

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal445
  • fat13g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.81g
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  • 1½ l chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 streaky smoked bacon rashers, cut into pieces



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 3 large leeks, chopped



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 300g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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

  • 125ml white wine
  • 50g grated Parmesan



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

  • 1 bunch chives, chopped


  1. Keep the stock hot in a saucepan. Heat the oil in another large pan and fry the bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  2. Stir in the leeks and soften for 5-7 mins. Add the rice and cook for 1 min. Pour in the wine and keep stirring until it is absorbed. Add the stock, one ladle at a time, stirring and waiting for the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more. Continue for about 20 mins until the rice is just cooked and the risotto has a creamy consistency. Season, then stir through the bacon along with most of the Parmesan and chives, saving a little of each to scatter over before serving.

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Comments (37)

papillonart's picture

SUB BLIME .. Can still taste it now just thinking about it and we had it yesterday. My 9 yr old helped make it she loved it to we added peppers courgette mushrooms chilli and garlic thoroughly enjoyable and so very simple defo making a regular appearance on our table :))

leigh558's picture

This was the first risotto recipe I tried and it's always the one I revert back to! Lovely.

issyflewaway's picture

Somehow the tasty was a bit salty but the flavours did go well again, would do this recipe again if I experiment a little with quantities and seasoning :)

cscollins's picture

This is gorgeous! I combine the veggie option with the main recipe adding the red peppers with the leeks (or onions if you have a fussy daughter..) and adding the peas when the risotto is almost ready. Gives the whole thing a sweeter boost AND gets more vegetables into the kids. I like to think it is a cheap family meal too. In fact, I quite fancy it for dinner tonight - mmmm!

nellibelikova's picture

Love this risotto and cooking it again today!

redhorse's picture

absolutely love this one. the kids wolfed it down too, huge success!

phantom's picture

Loving risotto at the moment and this one was gorgeous!

miranb's picture

Really pleased. Just follow and you will get a great meal.

hayleybee's picture

Cooked this as per the recipe the first time and was not very exciting so I made a few changes.
I combined the original recipe with the make it veggie option but replaced the bacon with some leftover pancetta I had from Christmas.
As it was christmas, I also wrapped a chicken breast in a couple of slices of the pancetta and cooked in the oven while the risotto was cooking and served it on top of the risotto.

lourogers's picture

Loved it, tasty, quick, filling and easy. A new favourite.

natalierachel's picture

Delicious. I used 2 leeks and 6 slices of bacon for two people. Will use more bacon next time.

Rachel Ivy's picture

This was a nice risotto - the combination of leeks and bacon worked well. I used twice as much bacon, substituted one of the leeks with an onion, and added garlic, for extra flavour.

kuifke's picture

Simple dish withe a very nice taste.

rowheldew's picture

v simple to cook, nice and filling but not massively exciting

stretchy's picture

This was my first attempt at risotto, thoroughly enjoyed cooking it and it tasted fantastic ... An excellent comfort food for the winter ahead !

cerdeno's picture

Loved it ! Filling and tasty and much faster to cook than I initially thought. Used extra mature cheddar instead of parmesan and worked well.

mojito84's picture

Delicious...best risotto I've ever made. I added garlic an a bit of red chili which worked well.


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