Easy risotto with bacon & peas

Easy risotto with bacon & peas

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(181 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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17th Oct, 2016
Big hit in our family. We will likely have this as a regular meal.
sergey pavlenko
10th Aug, 2016
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
12th Jun, 2016
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.
3rd May, 2016
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
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jade cooper
8th Apr, 2016
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
7th Mar, 2016
So easy and tasty! added a bit of chicken stock and some capsicum instead of the peas. Everyone licked their plates clean :)
19th Jan, 2016
Great made it to days in a row
19th Jan, 2016
So easy to make and delicious! Add mixed herbs to get an even tastier dish!
8th Dec, 2015
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.
5th Nov, 2015
So delicious, and so quick, easy and budget friendly. Definitely a keeper for a wet and windy winters night.


18th Jan, 2017
Is that one liter of broth for the recipe? I will look up the other measurements to get the conversions.
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23rd Jan, 2017
Hi Dooberoo - yes it is!
25th Nov, 2016
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.