Bacon risotto

    (310)
    45 min

    This rich and creamy risotto is simply flavoured with crispy bacon, onion, garlic and Parmesan cheese.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 225g bacon, diced
    • 1.2L chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 onion, diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 340g Arborio rice
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 20g grated Parmesan cheese
    • salt and black pepper to taste

    Method
    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Cook and stir the diced bacon in a large pan over medium heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon on kitchen roll and reserve.
    2. Bring the chicken stock to the boil in a saucepan over high heat; reduce heat to low to keep the chicken stock hot.
    3. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion begins to turn golden brown at the edges, about 2 minutes. Pour in the rice and stir until the rice is coated in butter and has started to toast, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; stir in one-third of the hot chicken stock and continue stirring until the rice has absorbed the liquid and turned creamy. Repeat this process twice more, stirring constantly. Stirring in the stock should take 15 to 20 minutes in all. When finished, the rice should be tender, yet slightly firm.
    4. Remove the risotto from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, the Parmesan cheese and the reserved bacon. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

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    Reviews in English (223)

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    This is a delicious risotto recipe! And yes, I did make changes. I threw in 1/4 cup of white wine after sauteeing the onion and rice, which is what most risotto recipes call for. I also tossed in some parsley with the parmesan, cheese and bacon. Wonderful. As for those who don't like people giving high ratings to a recipe they've modified, well, I think that's the beauty of this site. You have the basic recipe, which is fine. But if you're like me and are a experienced home cook, you can look at the variations and see how it can be made better or to your own liking. Sure, it'd be great to be able to make a recipe as written, then make it again with your own additions, but who the heck has time for that?  -  09 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    156

    Yum!!! This risotto is absolutely amazing. I lived in Italy for three years and this recipe tastes completely authentic. I used cubed Pancetta instead of bacon and shallots instead of onions, doubled the Parmesan cheese, then added diced Roma tomatoes and frozen peas right before serving. It was so good that my husband and I both went back for seconds and then ate the remainder for lunch the next day! It took almost exactly 20 minutes to absorb all of the broth. It took a lot of stirring, but it was so worth it. Can't wait to make this again!  -  03 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    95

    this was amazing! so worth the time it took to stir it constantly! i also sauteed some sliced fresh mushrooms in a bit of the bacon grease and added those at the end with the bacon. it was so creamy and savory, I actually licked the serving spoon - I can do that, I live alone!  -  01 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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