I had a risotto moment several months ago-- and mostly because I had bought one of those huge containers of arborio rice that seems to never end. So every week I was making some new creamy rice creation for dinner like this one with mushrooms, spinach, and bacon or this roasted red pepper version. Well, today I'm back on the risotto bandwagon with a recipe that is a bit of a mashup of those two old favorites.
This bacon and roasted red pepper risotto is a pretty simple update to traditional risotto. I love how the salty bacon works with the sweet red peppers-- it's the perfect flavor combination. And it works so nicely with the rich and creamy risotto and a pop of freshness from the basil leaves.
I served this as a main dish and it works perfectly for that. A bowl of risotto (plus bacon) is pretty rich. This would also make a great side dish too-- especially if you're serving guests!