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Sometimes I feel like I deserve a Super Mom Trophy. I’ll even settle for a round of applause. Sure, all Moms feel that way, but this is about me. icon wink Sweet Pea and Crispy Bacon Risotto

Being a parent, or better yet a MOM, is super hard. These kids of mine are awesome, but dude, gimme a break! I feel like these two little girls have a little plan called, “Let’s be sick all winter and see what happens”. As soon as one gets better, the other one starts to cough, sneeze…

I called the doc and guess what they told me!? ‘”Tis the season, hon!” Really? That’s all you got!?! Isn’t there some super drug out there!?

I’m about to turn to home remedies. My parents do this garlic and walnut thing – seems to work for them. I can’t give garlic to the baby, but I’m about ready to stuff it in Ana’s mouth and see what happens.

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You know what else I’ll take a trophy for? For this insanely delicious Sweet Pea and Crispy Bacon Risotto. Not because it’s SO damn good. Because it is. But, I’ll take the trophy because I managed to put together a risotto dish while one child was pulling on my leg and the other was sitting on my hip, all while I was stirring the rice. You can’t see me, but I’m applauding.

I totally stole this recipe from my mom and I totally changed it. She is all about straight up plain risotto and I am so not. I love bacon and feel that it should be in every dish. I also like to throw something green in there for color, and some texture. Once all that is done, I feel that the tastiest risotto dish ever just made it to the table. Hope you like it as much as we do!

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Sweet Pea and Crispy Bacon Risotto
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Serves: Serves 4 to 6
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups white long grain rice
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 can (15 oz.) sweet peas, rinsed and drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  1. Place the bacon in a large frying pan and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until as crispy as desired, turning once.
  2. Remove bacon, drain on paper towels, and crumble it; set aside; do not discard bacon drippings.
  3. Put the chopped onions in the same frying pan and cook until softened, stirring occasionally; about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and rice; continue to cook until rice is translucent, stirring frequently.
  5. Pour in half of the chicken broth; stir and cook until almost all the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Pour in the rest of the broth and continue to cook until all liquid is absorbed.
  7. Repeat the same process with the water.
  8. Once the water has been absorbed, pour in half of the heavy cream and continue to cook, stirring frequently until all liquid is absorbed.
  9. Pour in the rest of the cream, stir until two-thirds of the liquid is absorbed.
  10. Stir in the peas and continue to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.
  11. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  12. Add bacon and shredded cheese.
  13. Serve immediately.
Slightly adapted from Kraft
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  1. Valerie February 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM - Reply

    Scrumptious dish! Risotto and bacon are two of my favourite deities.

    I think garlic is magic. It supposedly cures just about everything, at least according to my godmother- apparently she knows everything. :P

  2. Crystal S February 8, 2013 at 11:06 AM - Reply

    I love this dish!!!!!!!! Bacon, peas and risotto, what else good be better.

  3. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM - Reply

    Ginger and lots of it! That’s my go-to for colds and pretty much everything else.

  4. Ramona February 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM - Reply

    Ding, ding, ding. I say you have a winner dinner here!! This risotto looks amazing and who doesn’t love bacon.

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 6, 2013 at 4:05 PM - Reply

    I love risotto, this looks amazing!

  6. Holly February 6, 2013 at 11:02 AM - Reply

    Looks great and I applaud the addition of bacon plus the drippings! Hope your family is healthy again soon.

  7. Taking On Magazines February 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM - Reply

    I adore, love, crave risotto of any kind. Crispy bacon in it? Sign me up. It looks amazing.

    Kate, I am so sorry that your kids are sick. I feel your pain. I just hope that you don’t get what they’ve had. Mom’s aren’t allowed to get sick.

    I’m applauding right alongside you!

  8. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 6, 2013 at 8:31 AM - Reply

    I’ve never had risotto, nor do I have the desire to add yet another type of rice to my pantry, but I am so with you on the boldface “do not discard bacon drippings”.

    Wouldn’t that be an awesome blog name?

    I hope your kiddos feel better soon. Everyday Maven has a flu busting soup that may work.

    • Kate@Diethood February 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM - Reply

      Kirsten, I would be on that blog every day!! :)

      I am about to go and check out that soup – thank you SO much!! xo

  9. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) February 5, 2013 at 9:24 PM - Reply

    I have never had risotto but it looks wonderful and creamy and comforting. Garlic definitely helps you stay healthy. It really works for me, knock on wood. I just roast a head every night and my parents and I eat the whole thing.

  10. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen February 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM - Reply

    This are simple but crazy good flavors! I´m such a risotto lover. You made me laugh with the garlic stuffing idea.

    • Kate@Diethood February 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM - Reply

      :) I’m ready to do just about anything to make these viruses go away! :)

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