Easy risotto with bacon & peas

Easy risotto with bacon & peas

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(197 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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24th Jan, 2015
Swapped my peas for cabbage while using Chicken stock and is soo yummy! Use this recipe all the time! Quicker than expected, Love it!
7th Dec, 2014
Added some garlic pepper - amazing! Even my seventeen year old daughter who hates peas had second helpings.
8th Oct, 2014
Had a few artichoke hearts left in a jar so added those, chopped, along with garlic - really tasty and lower in cals than quite a few other recipes
27th Aug, 2014
Super easy to cook and tasted heavenly!
22nd Jun, 2014
I'm a student, and convinced my parents I can cook with this recipe! Fool proof to make and tastes delicious!
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12th Jun, 2014
This risotto is amazing! I used leftover gammon instead of bacon, and added the garlic as suggested by the previous comments. I also added 1 tsp of dried parsley along with the salt and pepper. I will definitely be making this again!
17th May, 2014
This recipe was AMAZING and I (age 11) could make it in under 40 minutes
11th May, 2014
Tried this last night, added garlic, chillis, spring onions and red peppers. Very tasty! Will definitely be making this again!
25th Apr, 2014
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..
9th Apr, 2014
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


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