Easy risotto with bacon & peas

Easy risotto with bacon & peas

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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)

lambrook10's picture

This recipe was AMAZING and I (age 11) could make it in under 40 minutes

raffleticket's picture

Tried this last night, added garlic, chillis, spring onions and red peppers. Very tasty! Will definitely be making this again!

anamarie15's picture

This is a great midweek recipe 2 have, as I always keep these ingredients in my larder...
& Soo tasty will be making it again soon..

michaelaproctor's picture

This recipe is amazing!! I have made it so many times now, added all different type of veg (whatever house gave hehe) and always turned up absolutely delicious! I have it on the hob right now with with extra courgette, red pepper and leek, but you can throw in absolutely anything, always turns out yummy. I think this is best risotto I have tried and I have tried a lot :D xx

yumyums's picture

Perfect recipe and very simple - loved by the whole family.

Lennybell's picture

Easy and tasty! Made with pearl barley instead of risotto rice. Will definitely do this again but next time I think I might make it with some extra ingredients to make it a bit more interesting.

lesleymccorry's picture

Added garlic with the onion. Really nice n easy - no watching & stirring as u add ladle of stock!
Could use with various other ingredients. Will def b making again

ShesElectric145's picture

Absolutely delicious - I didn't use the full amount of rice suggested. Risotto is very filling so everyone was quite full and content. Easy to whip up.

I used chicken stock instead of vegetable stock as I thought it would add more flavor.

pollytoast's picture

Really love this, so easy and tasty although I use ham stock and add thin sliced pepperoni too for extra flavour. Yummy!

michaelaproctor's picture

Ohhh I will have to try that one :)

Fanofgagax's picture

This has got to be one of my favourite recipes on here

allisonh71's picture

We have this often, usually with roast chicken. Not got the texture of a stand-and-stir risotto but tasty and so easy. Perfect for a midweek dinner.

EmmaLL's picture

This is now a regular dish in our household. It's simple ingredients, easy to make (even the hubby can make it) and nice and tasty. We also add a little garlic :)

oatcakesaj's picture

I made this tonight, I took on board the previous comments and added 2 cloves of crushed garlic when cooking off the onion and then some chopped spring onion added with the peas. I would definitely make this again and probably add some more vegetables like leeks etc as suggested below.

boulding2's picture

I don't use risotto rice i use orzo which is a pasta rice its lovely have been using it for ages after
hearing about it from nigella which is the same recipe.

bailig's picture

Delicious - added a bit of garlic but otherwise followed recipe exactly, and extremely easy to make.

kirstineo's picture

Made this for dinner tonight - the first time one of these "easy" risotto recipes has produced satisfactory results. Served four easily and was delicious will definitely cook again and will try varying the ingredients.

michaelaproctor's picture

This is a really lovely recipe, so simple but very tasty. I have added few extras, couple of shallots and crushed garlic with the onion. then brocolli, spring greens, and sweetcorn. I have also made it with chicken stock and didn't add any salt, just a lot of pepper and little bit of chilli flakes. It turned out so yummy, definitely will be making it again, adding whatever extra veg i will find in a fridge :)

sarahrowe's picture

Great. Simple. All the family loved it.

craiglchapman's picture

Very easy and very tasty!


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