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Beer, Cheddar, and Bacon Risotto

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On my way home from work on Tuesday, I called my former co-worker. We worked in a dialysis clinic together, shared and office, and had a lot in common. I enjoy being filled in with the happenings of my former life and hearing how people are doing, what’s new, etc. It’s not always easy to keep up with the people in your “former lives”, but it’s important and I’m trying to do a better job of it. When you’ve moved as often as we have, it’s no easy task, however. I’ve made it back to Ohio once, but never back to Tulsa. I am visiting my alma mater for a conference in May and that should be fun, but…I digress.

I got caught up with Christin and it was good to come up to speed.

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Christin informed me that the RD who she now works with is “just like me, but about a foot taller”. We laughed over that one. Christin went on to say, “Yeah, she loves nutrition and she’s great with the patients and she eats weird stuff just like you always used to!”

Christin was forever wanting to try new foods, but her kids and husband had different thoughts on the matter. So she always enjoys visiting her sister in NYC who exposes her to a plethora of “weird foods” that she would never have the opportunity to try otherwise. I mean, middle-America Ohio doesn’t exactly have an abundance of killer ethnic cuisines.

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We went on to laugh about how I would probably end up raising a child who would eat nothing but macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. I truly shudder at the thought. Whether it be true or not, I’m exposing my pregnant self to most every food and lots of fruits and veggies…with some indulgences, as well. As I’ve already shared, those indulgences tend to revolve around bacon. Mmmmm…bacon.

When Kristen (not Christin…are you confused yet?) visited 2 weeks ago, we made this risotto for dinner. As carb and cheese lovers, this was an epic selection. Admittedly, I was dreading calculating the nutrition information, and purposely did so AFTER dinner rather than before…but as it ends up, it’s a respectable 410 calories per serving. Not too shabby, especially given how truly decadent, rich, and sinful it turned out. ENJOY!

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4.5 from 2 reviews
Beer, Cheddar, and Bacon Risotto
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Serves: 6
Creamy, rich, and indulgent. This sometimes food is worth the splurge!
  • 6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 6 slices nitrate-free bacon, chopped
  • Β½ onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 12 oz of beer
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1½ cups (6 oz) 2% reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ΒΌ tsp cayenne pepper
  1. Pour broth into a medium pan and set over medium heat; bring to a gentle simmer and reduce heat to low.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped bacon and cook 4-5 minutes or until browned; remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate or bowl lined with paper towel and dispose of all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease, return to flame.
  3. Add onion to the skillet and cook 4-5 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and stir; cook 30-60 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in the Arborio rice and cook 2-3 minutes or until just beginning to brown. Add beer and stir; cook several minutes or until beer is absorbed.
  4. Working ½ cup at a time, add the hot chicken broth to the skillet and stir often, allowing rice to simmer and slowly absorb broth. Continue adding broth in small increments and until rice is fully cooked and tender, about 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and cayenne pepper; stir until melted and well-combined. Remove risotto from heat and top with crumbled bacon.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙th of recipe (about 1⅓ cup) Calories: 410 Fat: 12.2 Carbohydrates: 51.5 Sugar: 0.5 Sodium: 554 Fiber: 0.2 Protein: 13.0 Cholesterol: 31

I’m having ACUPUNCTURE this morning and I am nervous. Lame, but true. 🙂

Happy Birthday to my dad!!

Be well,


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  1. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
    April 24, 2014 / 7:57 am

    I absolutely love this recipe! Then again, it has both beer and bacon in it so really where could you go wrong? I love the thought of playing with different beers to get different flavors! Can’t wait to try this soon. πŸ™‚

  2. Christie - Food Done Light
    April 24, 2014 / 8:11 am

    You had me at beer. Oh wait bacon too. You had me at bacon. I feel like you were describing where we live. It is chain restaurant after chain restaurant here. You child will be fine! My 7 yr old loves sushi, smoked salmon, miso soup, lentils, etc. Just start them out early and they won’t know better. I firmly believe we make picky eaters. Of course, there are days she hates all of her “favorite” food and only wants mac & cheese. Since she hated mac & cheese for the first 5 years of her life, I don’t mind that she likes it now.

  3. Candace @ Cabot
    April 25, 2014 / 6:05 am

    Risotto is one of my all time favorites. This recipe will go immediately into the rotation. Good luck with the acupuncture. It has helped me significantly in the past.

  4. Biz
    April 25, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    You had me at bacon AND beer! Happy belated to your Dad!

    I am the worst at keeping in touch with former co-workers. I’ve worked with women that I’ve had lunch with every day for years and the second either I or they leave, it’s rare I’ll ever speak or see of them again. It’s like I close that chapter in the book and move on.

    Funny story – when I was pregnant with Hannah I couldn’t stand the smell or taste of red meat, and I craved Asian food! Now 22, Hannah hates red meat and loves Asian food – she blames me for not introducing her to red meat in the womb! πŸ˜€

  5. GinaGlo Richardson
    June 15, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    I am excited to make this today for my husband on Father’s Day! Beer, bacon and risotto- yes please!! My only comment is, you do not say what to do with the chopped, cooked bacon- I totally know it is meant to be eaten on top of or in the risotto, however I thought I would mention this to you so you could add that detail to the recipe instructions. Thanks for this fabulous recipe!

  6. Lillian
    October 13, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    This sounds SO AMAZING! But I am confused on how it is gluten-free with the beer?

    • Nicole Morrissey
      October 13, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Oops! Thanks for catching that – I updated the tags. πŸ™‚

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