Serving of risotto with bacon & peas with fork

Easy risotto with bacon & peas

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4

Not one for risotto purists – this simple recipe has just a few 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…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • knob of butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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 peas
  • freshly grated parmesan, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Finely chop 1 onion. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil and a knob of butter in a pan, add the onions and fry until lightly browned (about 7 minutes).

  2. Add 6 chopped rashers streaky bacon and fry for a further 5 minutes, until it starts to crisp.

  3. Add 300g risotto rice and 1l hot vegetable 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.

  4. Stir in 100g frozen peas, add a little salt and pepper and cook for a further 3 minutes, until the peas are cooked.

  5. Serve sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.

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Melanie591's picture
19th Jun, 2020
What can I say, absolutely delicious. So simple to cook, and a delighted family win win.
7th May, 2020
This is fantastic, we had it for lunch last week and I'm making again tonight. Quick, simple and delicious.
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Nuala McKenna
28th Apr, 2020
Wonderful recipe. So easy to make and bonkers delicious. A keeper for sure!
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Harriet Lucie Rose
18th Apr, 2020
Excellent for lockdown. We absolutely adored this meal and I can't wait to make it again. It was one of those meals that vanished before your eyes.
9th Mar, 2020
Clean plates all round! Really lovely meal, thanks for sharing. I made my own stock and added extra butter and parmesan to the dish before serving, so it was very rich and tastey.
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Isabelle Smith
2nd Jan, 2020
Lovely meal I make this for when I am hungry and don’t know what to eat.
13th Nov, 2019
It’s nice but a bit bland. I put different seasonings in and cheese and it was still a bit plain
13th Aug, 2019
Such a quick, easy recipe for a tasty midweek meal. I halve pretty much all the ingredients (except the peas, which I keep almost the same) to make dinner for two and it works perfectly, taking around 15 mins. Just be sure to add plenty of seasoning!
FamilyLee's picture
30th Jan, 2019
Great midweek meal. Such a simple, yet really tasty, risotto. I use homemade chicken stock for maximum flavour, fry the bacon first before the onions, and add a handful of spinach at the end once off the heat.
ssmikey32's picture
10th Jan, 2019
How on earth has this been given "5 minutes" as a prep time when you have to cut bacon and chop onion finely?


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Helen Griggs
3rd Apr, 2020
can this be frozen?
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
6th Apr, 2020
Hello! Esther from the food team here. Yes this can be frozen. Defrost before thoroughly reheating in a saucepan. Thanks for your question!
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Ines Ruas Parrington
9th Oct, 2018
is there anything you could use other than bacon? im not a big fan of it...what would you suggest?
goodfoodteam's picture
12th Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question. Take a look at our risotto recipe collection for different takes on this dish: We hope you find something you like.
18th Jan, 2017
Is that one liter of broth for the recipe? I will look up the other measurements to get the conversions.
goodfoodteam's picture
23rd Jan, 2017
Hi Dooberoo - yes it is!
25th Nov, 2016
Loved this recipe, very quick and easy and everyone enjoyed it - perfect for a quick but wholesome mid-week meal. Would recommend using back bacon and cutting the fat off rather than using streaky though, as the fat can go a bit rubbery whilst simmering.
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