Googie’s Kitchen presents Bacon Risotto or pasta

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Mid week meals that are simple and easy to do are my favourites. My Bacon Risotto or Pasta recipe is one of this quick dinners that I love to cook. It makes a great dish that my whole family really enjoy. The plates are always cleaned by all three of us whenever this is served. So I decided to show you how to make it. Below the picture is the video link and the recipe too.

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The other week I made this dish in the slow cooker just because it was quick and easy. My friend however, does not have a slow cooker, so I have also tried it pan fried. It works well both ways and is a simple, quick and easy recipe to follow.

Bacon Risotto or Pasta

Serves 4

Equipment

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Slow cooker or frying pan
  • Spatula
  • Jug
  • Saucepan

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Ingredients

  • Onion x 1 large
  • Garlic x 2 cloves
  • Bacon x 4 thick rashers
  • Tinned tomatoes 400g x 2
  • Chicken stock x 250mls
  • Kale x 1 large bag
  • Dried oregano x 1 – 2 tsp
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cream cheese x 4 tbsps
  • Parmesan or a mature cheddar x 80g grated
  • Olive oil x 2 tsps for the frying pan

Method for slow cooker

  • Start by slicing the onion and chopping the garlic.
  • Next cut the bacon into strips.
  • Add these ingredients into the slow cooker.
  • Then add the tomatoes, dried oregano and chicken stock.
  • Season to taste.
  • Leave in the slow cooker on a low heat for 6 – 7 hours stirring occasionally.
  • After the 7 hours chop the kale and add to the pot.
  • Cook for another hour or until the kale has become tender.
  • Meanwhile cook the rice or pasta as per the packet instructions.
  • Finally, add the cream cheese and the rice or pasta to the sauce.
  • Grate the cheese on top.

Method for the hob.

  • Start by cooking the rice or pasta as per the packet instructions.
  • Once cooked leave to one side.
  • Meanwhile, slice the onion and the garlic.
  • Cut the bacon into strips.
  • Heat the frying pan on a medium temperature with the olive oil.
  • Add the bacon to the pan and fry for about five minutes until the bacon has cooked and the fat is starting to crisp up.
  • Next add the onion and garlic until they start to soften and they are translucent in colour.
  • Put the tomatoes and the chicken stock into the pan along with the other ingredients.
  • Bring this to the boil.
  • Add the dried oregano, salt and pepper
  • Then turn down the heat to low and leave to simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.
  • Finally chop and add the kale until it wilts in the pan.
  • Finally, add the cream cheese and the rice or pasta to the sauce.
  • Grate the cheese on top.
Bacon Risotto or Pasta

When I cooked this the other week I let the sauce cool down and blended it in the food processor. The reason being is that my son will not eat anything green so if I blend it he doesn’t know it’s in there. Then I put it back into the slow cooker and heated it through again. Finally I added the cream cheese, boiled rice and grated cheese to the sauce and Ted didn’t know it was in there. He ate the lot, phew. I’m not suggesting you do this but if you  have a little one that won’t eat his greens then give it a go blended. However you decide to eat this, as always, please enjoy.