Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Risotto

I love love love risotto. The sweet coconutty kind and the creamy cheesy kind both. But its so hard to find good risotto here in Colombo, so I decided to make my own.

What goes in

  • Basmati rice (quantity – as hungry as you are)
  • Chopped up bacon
  • Leftover roast chicken
  • Ham(chunky pieces)
  • Bell pepper (half a pepper would do)
  • Peas (handful)
  • Onions (maybe one large)
  • Garlic (heaps)
  • Ginger
  • Black pepper (lots of it)
  • Salt
  • Knorr chicken stock cube
  • Anchor whipping cream
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cheese slices (2)
  • Grated cheese


How to put it all together

  1. Cook the rice but make it wet (yes, really)
  2. Fry the bacon till its done but not too crispy (drain the fat out)
  3. Sauté the onions, ginger, garlic, peas, bell pepper, chicken and ham
  4. Add salt and lots of black pepper
  5. Mix in the bacon
  6. Chuck all the rice into this mix
  7. Dissolve the chicken stock cube in half cup of water and add to the rice mixture and simmer for a while
  8. Add the cream and another half cup of water. Mix well and let simmer till the mix thickens to a cheesy consistency  
  9. Shake in a few dollops of tomato sauce
  10. Add more salt and pepper if needed at this stage while its still runny enough to mix
  11. Take off the stove and add the cheese slices (they will melt in and disappear)
  12. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top (optional)

This is how mine turned out and it was oh so good- even if I do say so myself. Served with parmesan crusted chicken (made to my own secret recipe).


12 thoughts on “Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Risotto

    1. hmm i dunno. every place i’ve had it at, even italian joints have always made it with rice. which pasta are you talking about? Orzo is shaped like rice so maybe you could use that too.

    1. wow. didnt really picture you as the cooking type 🙂 also, the move is turning out to be a bit complicated. will let you know.

  1. if you are into italian food.. you should watch David Rocco’s Dolce Vita on Nat Geo.. absolutely love cooking shows… idk why.. maybe its cos food is my number 1 love of all time.. lol

    Rissoto looks yummy.. 😦

    1. lol. you know how seldom i cook. unless you randomly turn up on one of those days you are outta luck 🙂 besides have to get past the hitler in my kitchen!

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