Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Oven Baked Risotto

As you will all note from an earlier post, I recently became the proud owner of a lovely shiny black Le Creuset casserole and was dying to christen it!!

As part of my new years resolutions, I have vowed to cook at least one recipe a week from the mountain of books and magazines that own the bookshelf in the spare room, and so decided the first recipe would combine both that and the Le Creuset!

I love risotto but making it can be a chore, especially on a week night when there is a million other things occupy your time, I had seen in a copy of a Good Food mini-mag a recipe for oven baked risotto and thought it would make perfect first recipe, its also available here online: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2818/ovenbaked-risotto- (link removed)


250g pack smoked bacon , chopped into small pieces
1 onion , chopped
25g butter
300g risotto rice (I used spanish paella rice)
half a glass of white wine (optional) - (I didn't want to open a bottle so used a splash of Vermouth)
150g pack cherry tomatoes , halved (approx 7)700ml hot chicken stock (from a cube is fine) (I used a chicken boulion cube)50g parmesan , grated

1) Heat the oven, 180 fan / 200 gas. Gently heat an oven-proof deepish pan I.e. a Le Creuset casserole, add the bacon and fry until crispy. Note: Do not put lid back on as doesn't aid the browning part!

2) Add the onion and butter, mix well and cook until golden, a couple of mins, stir in rice and vermouth /wine (if using), pour over stock, mix well and transfer to oven, with lid tightly on. It took about 19 minutes in my fan but note on Good Food comments some people said took longer.

3) Grate over parmesan and serve. It made 2 large bowls for dinner and two smaller tubs for our lunches today


  1. Oven baked risotto is such a good idea and the recipe sounds wonderful.

  2. Glad to see you putting that pan to good use!
    I love risotto and will have to try making one in the oven.

  3. Ive been meaning to make an oven baked risotto but haven't got around to it yet. Will have to try this one - looks tasty...and hassle free!!!

  4. I love risottos, I'll have to try this one.

  5. I really like the idea of risotto in the oven - I'm always hesitant to make risotto as I can't be bothered with all the stirring so this would be just ideal for me.

  6. OH yum!! I love risotto but often don't have time to stir it on the stovetop... How brilliant to put it in the oven! Thank you for the great recipe!

  7. I totally agree - risotto is great, but it can be a bit labour and time intensive. Whoever first 'discovered' that it works just as well baked in an oven should get a medal!

  8. I have made Delia's oven baked risotto and it was so easy. This version also looks delish and I will be giving this a try soon.


  9. I'm trying this for dinner tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

  10. Hi it says tomatos in the ingredients list but doesn't say in the instructions when to put them in and can't see them in your picture? thanks

  11. Hi Deby - sorry for the typo, well spotted! Add the tomatoes with the stock :)

  12. Nice Blog! Well most of your content and image is original and informative. /many thanks for sharing this, cheers.

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