Make this easy Oven Baked Risotto recipe with store cupboard ingredients. No stirring needed! A family dinner favourite.
This post was originally published on June 7, 2016 and updated June 17, 2020.
There’s nothing quite like the comforting carb-fest of a bowl of risotto. Something about that welcoming bowl of creamy rice, just says “all is okay with the world”.
BUT I hardly ever have the time to spend twenty minutes stirring to make it. So here’s my own really simple cheat’s Oven Baked Risotto. No stirring required 🙌🏼
It’s not quite what you’ll get from giving it twenty minutes of TLC like a traditional risotto, but I’ll forgive it that for the lack of effort involved.
This is a perfect, midweek family meal. On the table in less than half an hour, from simple ingredients.
You’ll love this Oven Baked Risotto recipe because:
✅ Made in under 30 minutes.
✅ Uses store cupboard and freezer ingredients.
✅ Easy comfort food 😍
Some top tips for making the Oven Baked Risotto recipe:
- Check the risotto when it’s been in the oven for 15 minutes. If the liquid has all been absorbed, add a little more stock.
- Serve before ALL of the liquid has been absorbed. You want it to be a little bit saucy.
- Try it with chorizo or pancetta instead of bacon, or leave it out all together to make this a vegetarian dish.
Can I make this with regular rice?
Yes you can, but it won’t have the same creamy, saucy (technical term) texture. You may also need to adjust the cooking time a little.
Can I save leftovers of the Baked Risotto?
Yes! Just be sure to follow cooked rice food safety guidelines (i.e. do not leave it hanging about at room temperature, cool it very quickly and then reheat fully before serving).
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Oven Baked Risotto with Bacon and Cheese
An easy oven baked risotto recipe, no stirring and super tasting, created using store cupboard staples. A brilliant family dinner favourite.
- 1 tsp Olive oil
- 1 Large onion Chopped (See Note 1)
- 2 Cloves Garlic Peeled and crushed
- 200 g Smoked bacon Cut into small pieces (See Note 2)
- 300 g Arborio Rice
- 1 litre Vegetable stock From a cube is fine
- 1 Tinned tomatoes
- A handful of fresh thyme leaves Take the leaves off the stalks (See Note 3)
- 200 g Petit pois or peas Frozen is fine
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 50 g Butter Optional (See Note 4)
- 75 g Parmesan cheese Grated (See Note 5)
Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Heat the olive oil in a heavy, oven proof/hob proof saucepan (which has a lid).
- Fry off the onion, garlic and chopped bacon until the onion is soft and the bacon has started to brown.
- Add in the rice and stir everything together until the rice is well coated.
Allow to cook for a couple of minutes, stirring, until the rice starts to look shiny.
- Add in the stock, the tomatoes and the handful of thyme, along with some ground black pepper.
- Stir well and put on a well fitting lid.
- Pop into the oven for 20 minutes.
Take out of the oven, add the peas and the butter if you're using, check for seasoning and add salt only if needed (this will depend on the bacon you used). Give everything a good stir and pop the lid back on for a couple of minutes until the heat of the risotto has warmed the peas through.
You can then either stir through the cheese or serve with the cheese sprinkled on top.
Note 1 - Onion
I always try to use pre prepared frozen chopped onions. If you do use these they may take a little longer to fry (to get the liquid out).
Note 2 - Bacon
Smoked bacon will give you the best flavour. You could use streaky if you prefer. Or whatever you have. I like to chop it finely. You can do this with scissors if you like. Chorizo would also work well here.
Note 3 - Thyme
If you don't have fresh thyme, you could use dried thyme or Italian mixed herbs.
Note 4 - Butter
This is optional, but makes the risotto deliciously creamy just stirred through at the very end.
Note 5 - Parmesan Cheese
You can stir this in or sprinkle on top, or double the amount and do both 🙌🏼😆