How to Make a Tasty Bacon and Leek Risotto

Leek and Bacon RisottoThis recipe shows how to make a tasty bacon and leek risotto recipe that won’t break the budget.
Risottos are a great meal to make for budget conscious families and individuals as they are versatile, healthy, cheap and quick and easy to make.

This is one of my favorites as the salty taste of the bacon combines well with the smoother textures adding life to it.

And it is quick and easy to cook too. It only uses one pan so it saves on dishes and eclectic/gas costs.

A Tasty & Easy to Make Bacon and Leek Risotto Recipe (Serves 1-4 People)

How to Make a Tasty Bacon and Leek Risotto Recipe This recipe is for one person but the ingredients can easily be increased for however many people you want. See the quantities for 4 people in brackets for quick reference.

 Difficulty level: Easy

Course Main Course
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 1


  • Arborio Risotto Rice 75g (300g for 4 people)
  • 1 leek chopped (3/4 leeks for four people)
  • 1 rasher Bacon streaky/smoked (3/4 rashers for 4 people)
  • 1/4 Flavoured stock cube or mixed spices/herbs of your choice
  • 50 g of Philidelphia garlic and herb or plain 150/200g for 4 people
  • 1 tablespoon Cooking Oil of choice (ie Rapeseed, Olive oil, coconut oil, butter etc)
  • Boiling Water 150 ml (550ml for 4 people)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Heat the cooking oil in a pan
  2. Cut the bacon roughly into small squares
  3. Add the bacon to the pan and fry for a few minutes
  4. Chop the leek/s

  5. Now add the chopped leeks and continue to cook until your leeks are soft
  6. Add the boiling water to the pan along with your stock cube or herbs
  7. Add your rice and stir your mixture
  8. Cook until your rice is soft and most of the water has gone
  9. If you are using cheese mix it in at the end for a more creamy texture

Recipe Notes

Notes: In a Hurry? Cook the bacon for a few minutes then just add all the ingredients (except the cheese) at the same time.

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The Total Cost Of the Meal Per Person

  • Arborio Risotto Rice 75g portion 16p
  • 1 leek 45p
  • 1 rasher of Bacon 14p
  • Flavoured stock cube (between 5 and 10 pence)  or mixed spices/herbs of your choice
  • 50 g of Philidelphia garlic and herb cheese portion 44p
  • Salt & Pepper

Total Cost Per Person = £1.24 (Family of four with one less leek = £4.51)

Money saving tips:  If you are making this risotto for a family of four you can use only 2/3 leaks saving you 90/45 pence. Don’t use the cheese saving another 44p per person.

Cheese Alternatives: If you prefer you can use parmesan cheese. 

What is your favorite risotto?  Or is there a risotto recipe you would like to see on this blog? Just comment below.


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