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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16th Jul, 2013
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.
12th Jun, 2013
Delicious - added a bit of garlic but otherwise followed recipe exactly, and extremely easy to make.
9th Jun, 2013
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.
23rd May, 2013
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 :)
14th Apr, 2013
Great. Simple. All the family loved it.
8th Apr, 2013
Very easy and very tasty!
7th Apr, 2013
Served with pan fried chicken
12th Mar, 2013
I had some left over veg from the night before that I added in, which made it even nicer! Such an easy recipe that I will definitely be using again!
27th Feb, 2013
Made this risotto tonight and .....taking on board the feedback added 3 cloves of garlic and parmesan - NO salt. Cooked the bacon first to make sure crispy and added fresh parsley and extra parmesan - served with garlic bread. Will def make again. 8/10
8th Feb, 2013
Gorgeous, tasty, quick, easy and cheap, what more do u want for a mid week meal? Tried with mushrooms and garlic, yummy!


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