Easy risotto with bacon & peas

Easy risotto with bacon & peas

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(193 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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26th Mar, 2014
Perfect recipe and very simple - loved by the whole family.
25th Mar, 2014
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.
17th Dec, 2013
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
5th Nov, 2013
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.
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23rd Oct, 2013
Really love this, so easy and tasty although I use ham stock and add thin sliced pepperoni too for extra flavour. Yummy!
23rd Mar, 2014
Ohhh I will have to try that one :)
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2nd Oct, 2013
This has got to be one of my favourite recipes on here
11th Aug, 2013
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.
6th Aug, 2013
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 :)
29th Jul, 2013
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.


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