Celery, Blue Cheese and Crispy Bacon Risotto

Perfect for an easy, instant warming supper. Smooth and creamy with the tender slight crunch of the nutty celery and oozing blue cheese this will become a family favourite.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

You’ll need

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g smoked bacon lardons
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 6 sticks celery, cut into 1 cm pieces, reserve green leaves
  • 400g risotto rice
  • 150 ml dry white wine
  • 1.1 litres chicken or vegetable stock, heated
  • 150g blue cheese, cubed

What to do

In a large frying pan heat the olive oil, add the bacon and cook until crispy, remove from the pan and reserve. Add the onion, garlic and celery and cook very slowly for 10 minutes without colouring, add the rice and turn up the heat, continue to stir for a minute until the rice is slightly translucent.

Add the wine and allow to evaporate. Turn down the heat and gradually start adding the stock, stirring, allowing each addition of stock to be absorbed before adding the next, this will take approx. 15 -20 minutes.

Check the rice is cooked, adding a little boiling water if necessary.

Sprinkle over the cheese and bacon, cover and leave for 2 minutes.

Stir lightly, the cheese will have melted and be oozing through the risotto, add a scattering of torn celery leaves and serve immediately.