This bacon and pea risotto is the perfect spring dinner. It’s totally delicous and the ideal comfort food dish for all the family. Using only a handful of ingredients, this bacon and pea risotto is easy to make – even fussy eaters will love it! PLUS it’s 58p per serving – yes!pea risotto

SERVES 6
PREP TIME 10 MINS
COOK TIME 25 MINS

What you will need:
1tbsp vegetable oil
200g lardons or bacon bits
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
400g risotto rice
1-1.2 litres vegetable stock
1tsp thyme leaves plus extra to garnish
200g frozen soya beans
200g frozen peas
50g Parmesan cheese, grated
Knob of butter

What you will need to do:

  • Heat the oil in a large pan, add the lardons or bacon bits and fry for 3 mins to lightly brown. Add the onion and cook for 3 mins to soften.
  • Add the garlic and risotto rice, cook for 1 min, stirring, then pour in half the stock. Stir in the thyme leaves, season and cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally until the stock has been absorbed.
  • Add half the remaining stock with the soya beans and peas and cook, stirring occasionally and adding more stock if necessary, until the rice is just tender and the risotto is creamy.
  • Stir in the Parmesan and butter until melted. Garnish with extra thyme leaves and an extra grinding of black pepper, to serve.

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