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Article: Risotto with Bacon and Kale

Risotto with Bacon and Kale

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentis.

This technique makes a creamy risotto without all the stirring. Adding the kale and bacon right at the end perks up the flavor.


  • 4 slices, bacon – coarsely chopped
  • 1 large, onion – chopped
  • 1 teaspoon, kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon, freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup, Arborio rice
  • 3 cups, chicken broth, plus 1/4 to 1/2 cup
  • 3 tablespoons, fresh lemon juice – about one lemon
  • 3 cups, kale leaves – chopped into 1′′ pieces
  • 3/4 cup, cooked chicken – optional
  • 1/2 cup, parmesan cheese – grated


Place a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large heavy saucepan or braising pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, 8 to 10
minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon and drain on paper towels.
Add the onions, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until tender, about 5
minutes. Add the rice and stir for 2 minutes. Add 3 cups broth and the lemon juice. Increase the heat and
bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover with a tight lid and bake in the oven for 20 to 25
Remove the pan from the oven and return it to the stove over medium-low heat. Remove the lid and stir
in the chicken (optional), kale, and 1/4 cup chicken broth. Stir until the kale is wilted, about 5 minutes,
adding extra broth, as needed,