Creamy bacon, pea and mint risotto recipe

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This creamy bacon, pea and mint risotto is a great option for a quick and easy mid-week meal - and you can sneak some veg in without the kids noticing

Creamy bacon, pea and mint risotto
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Creamy bacon, pea and mint risotto is delicious, reassuring bowl food, perfect for serving up for summer meals. 

Risotto is a great speedy supper - it's ready in just half and hour. And although you do need to stir it almost constantly as it cooks, to prevent the rice sticking to the bottom of the pan and ensure it cooks evenly, it's quite a meditative process. Plus you get the gorgeous smell if it all the time it's cooking. This recipe serves four and it's one of our reliable cheap family meals, popular with kids and adults alike. Serve with a piece of crusty bread for wiping out the sauce from the bowl afterwards. 


  • 75g cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 rashers bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 250g Arborio risotto rice
  • 1 litre reduced-salt or homemade vegetable stock, hot
  • 200g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • Seasoning




  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the bacon for 3-4 minutes before adding the onion and sautéing for 4-5 minutes, until slightly translucent.
  2. Stir in the rice and then add a ladle of stock and continue to stir until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Repeat with all but 2 ladles of the remaining stock until the rice is al dente.
  4. Stir in the peas, chopped mint and cheese spread and continue to stir. If the risotto appears too thick, add more of the remaining stock.
  5. Season according to taste.

Top tip for making creamy bacon, pea and mint risotto

Just before serving, drop a knob of butter into the risotto and give it a good stir to melt through, for extra creamy flavour. Serve with some grated Parmesan cheese to scatter over the top, along with extra mint leaves.

Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.