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Creamy Brussels sprouts and bacon risotto recipe

Creamy Brussels sprouts and bacon risotto recipe

24 ratings

These mini brassicas pair perfectly with smoked streaky bacon and add a great nutty flavour to this rich and creamy risotto. Even the most ardent Brussels sceptic will happily eat the lot. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 616 calories / serving


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 180g packs Brussels sprouts, finely sliced
  • 350g risotto rice
  • 125ml white wine (optional)
  • 2 reduced-salt chicken stock cubes, made up to 1ltr
  • 50g Parmesan, finely grated
  • 30g unsalted butter

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    24g 34%
  • Saturates

    11g 53%
  • Sugars

    7g 7%
  • Salt

    2.8g 46%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 83.4g Protein 18.6g Fibre 5.9g


  1. Heat half the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and fry the bacon for 7-9 mins until golden and crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining olive oil and, over a low-medium heat, add the onion to the pan; cook for 5 mins until starting to soften, then add the garlic and cook for another 1 min. Add the sprouts and cook for 3 mins to soften slightly. Transfer ½ to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the rice and cook for 1 min to toast, then increase the heat to medium and add the white wine, if using. Stir until absorbed, then add a ladleful of stock to the rice and cook, stirring, until absorbed. Repeat, adding a ladleful of stock at a time, for 18-20 mins or until the rice is cooked but still has a little bite. You may not need all the stock.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir through the Parmesan and butter; season to taste. Divide between 4 shallow bowls, top with the reserved sprouts and scatter over the bacon to serve.

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