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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26th Jan, 2012
This is a real comfort food recipe. I used my homemade chicken stock and used leeks instead of onion. Both the veg stock recipe and chicken stock recipe are equally yummy. Give it a go.
24th Jan, 2012
Brilliant! A quick and easy favourite!
22nd Jan, 2012
First time risotto maker and it was easy to do but perhaps next time will use smoked bacon for extra flavor but it was yum!!
16th Jan, 2012
I can't remember if I have rated this one before, but it's really very good, served for lunch with a green leaf salad. Guests asked for seconds. Very tasty and very easy.
6th Jan, 2012
Made this a couple of times for my two young daughters and they love it, as do I.
6th Jan, 2012
Absolutely love this one in our house! Uses basic store-cupboard ingredients to make a very tasty risotto. We mix in some grated parmesan just before taking it off the heat.
18th Dec, 2011
This is quick, easy and tasty. Added a chili for a bit of heat. Delicious!
16th Nov, 2011
Delicious! Have cooked it a few times now and never fails to please. So easy and so tasty!
15th Nov, 2011
Delicious! I've cooked this a few times now and it always goes down well. So easy to cook and so tasty!
27th Oct, 2011
Delicous, I made this for my mum when she was out running and she was thrilled to come home and see this on the table, it is easy and very tasty! However, when the rice was cooking I kept adding more water and more stock because there was not enough as the rice had absorbed it and it had evaporated.


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