Creamy Parmesan Risotto with Peas and Bacon

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  • Looking for your new favorite side dish or even an entree? Creamy Parmesan Risotto with Peas and Bacon is your answer!

    Creamy Parmesan Risotto takes the most traditional risotto recipe and adds vibrant peas and crispy bacon. Sauteed in bacon fat, this rice packs a flavor punch! #parmesanrisottorecipe #easyrisottorecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

    Creamy Parmesan Risotto takes the most traditional risotto recipe and adds vibrant peas and crispy bacon. Sauteed in rendered bacon fat, this rice packs a flavor punch!

    Risotto is an Italian dish made from a special type of rice called arborio. This short-grained rice is also used in rice pudding.

    Creamy Parmesan Risotto takes the most traditional risotto recipe and adds vibrant peas and crispy bacon. Sauteed in bacon fat, this rice packs a flavor punch! #parmesanrisottorecipe #easyrisottorecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

    Arborio grains have a higher starch content, resulting in a firm grain (al dente) when cooked. They can also absorb a lot more liquid than average rice and therefore a lot more flavor.

    Risotto is also unique in that starches that cook off  result in a creamy, gravy-like sauce without using any cream. Even if you didn’t add any cheese, this risotto would still be creamy!

    Creamy Parmesan Risotto takes the most traditional risotto recipe and adds vibrant peas and crispy bacon. Sauteed in bacon fat, this rice packs a flavor punch! #parmesanrisottorecipe #easyrisottorecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

    Changing up the liquids in risotto changes the overall flavors, so I always use some sort of broth instead of plain water. You can also play with using cooking wine and any other liquid, like apple juice, you can dream up.

    After making the basic rice any add-ins can be tossed in to add flavor, texture and color. On this date I use three items I had in the fridge: bacon, peas and shallots. To me, that is a winning combination for a delicious dish of risotto.

    Creamy Parmesan Risotto takes the most traditional risotto recipe and adds vibrant peas and crispy bacon. Sauteed in bacon fat, this rice packs a flavor punch! #parmesanrisottorecipe #easyrisottorecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

    Creamy Parmesan Risotto can be served as a side dish to any meal, not just Italian, or served as an entree. Personally, I like my risottos with seafood, as they are typically served in Italy.

    So giant grilled shrimp or even seared scallops, but you can add any protein you’d like. While risotto is a time consuming dish, it isn’t a hard dish to prepare.

    Creamy Parmesan Risotto takes the most traditional risotto recipe and adds vibrant peas and crispy bacon. Sauteed in bacon fat, this rice packs a flavor punch! #parmesanrisottorecipe #easyrisottorecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

    I invite you to check out my tips for perfect risotto before you get started to ensure you have the best risotto out there!

    If you liked this easy risotto recipe, check out some of my others!

     

    Creamy Parmesan Risotto takes the most traditional risotto recipe and adds vibrant peas and crispy bacon. Sauteed in bacon fat, this rice packs a flavor punch! #parmesanrisottorecipe #easyrisottorecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

    5 from 5 votes
    Creamy Parmesan Risotto takes the most traditional risotto recipe and adds vibrant peas and crispy bacon. Sauteed in bacon fat, this rice packs a flavor punch! #parmesanrisottorecipe #easyrisottorecipe www.savoryexperiments.com
    Parmesan Risotto with Peas and Bacon
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins
     

    Creamy Parmesan Risotto takes the most traditional risotto recipe and adds vibrant peas and crispy bacon. Sauteed in rendered bacon fat, this rice packs a flavor punch!

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: parmesan risotto
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 593 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 8 strips bacon , cut into 1/2 inch strips
    • 2 large shallots
    • 12 ounces frozen peas
    • 1 1/2   cups arborio
    • 5   cups chicken broth
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    Instructions
    1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until cooked, but not crispy, approximately 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon while reserving bacon fat in pan. 

    2. Add shallots and arborio rice, browning for 4-5 minutes. 

    3. At the same time, bring 5 cups of chicken broth to a simmer over low heat in a separate saucepan.

    4. Ladle one cup of simmering broth into arborio and stir. Cook until absorbed. Continue to add 1 cup of simmering broth at a time, waiting until each addition is absorbed before adding the next, until all broth is gone. This process takes about 20-30 minutes. 

    5. Add bacon, frozen peas and salt, cooking for 3-4 minutes until fully warmed. 

    6. Lastly, stir in Parmesan cheese. Serve hot. 

    7. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition Facts
    Parmesan Risotto with Peas and Bacon
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 593 Calories from Fat 198
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 22g 34%
    Saturated Fat 8g 40%
    Cholesterol 37mg 12%
    Sodium 1863mg 78%
    Potassium 639mg 18%
    Total Carbohydrates 75g 25%
    Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
    Sugars 5g
    Protein 21g 42%
    Vitamin A 15.3%
    Vitamin C 67.4%
    Calcium 19.1%
    Iron 30.2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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