Oven-baked leek & bacon risotto – easy weekday dinners for busy parents



Cooking meals for the family after a long hard day can fill you with a sense of dread. The last thing you feel like doing is slaving over a hot stove for an hour or two when you get home from work.

simple leek bacon risotto

(my recipe is adjusted from this one on the BBC Good Food site – http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1120679/ovenbaked-leek-and-bacon-risotto )

If you’re looking for an easy weekday meal idea then read on. Below you’ll find one of my favourite quick, easy and healthy family meals you can try out. Every time I cook this it gets mopped up by the whole family. A one-pot risotto using store cupboard staples that you can bung in the oven and leave for 40 minutes? Got to be a midweek winner – and it’s SO easy!

Oven-baked Leek & Bacon Risotto

These are the quantities I use for a huge dish that feeds 5 healthy appetites, one small one, and leaves leftovers for two lunches next day.

What You Need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g smoked bacon (I use back, streaky would be fine)
  • 3 large leeks, finely sliced
  • 500g risotto rice
  • 1.5litres hot chicken (or vegetable) stock
  • 350g frozen peas
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 300g tub of garlic & herb cream cheese

What you Do:

  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6.
  • Tip the oil into a metal ovenproof casserole dish, and place on stove top.
  • Add bacon and fry for 2 mins.
  • Add the leeks and cook until soft, but not coloured, (about 4-5 mins).
  • Tip in rice and cook for 1 min more, stirring to keep it from sticking.
  • Pour over stock.
  • Cover and place in the oven for 30 mins, stirring halfway.
  • When rice is just tender and all liquid is absorbed, remove from oven and stir in peas and pepper. Place back in oven for 10 mins more. Remove and stir in cheese. Season and serve into bowls.

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

Share This Post On

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *