Lazy Gluten Free: Bacon and Mushroom Risotto with Baby Spinach

Bacon and Mushroom Risotto with Baby Spinach


My husband loves to grill no matter what the weather is doing outside. Even if it's snowing, sleeting, and windy, at the mere mention of grilling he's got the charcoal priming. Now that we have been blessed with some wonderful warmer weather though, I have actually been excited to have more grilled food, and I know Steven isn't complaining. Having him grill the meat significantly cuts my time in the kitchen down so I can make more elaborate side dishes, such as this risotto.


We had bought a couple of steaks from the store to grill up and I decided to try this Bacon and Mushroom Risotto with Baby Spinach to go with them. It paired perfectly! The prep time for the risotto was very quick, although it bakes for quite awhile. This worked out great though since it takes a little bit to get the grill warmed up. I'll definitely be making this dish again whether we have chicken, steak, or whatever. It's even good by itself :)

Bacon and Mushroom Risotto with Baby Spinach

You will need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup (or more) baby bella mushrooms
2-3 slices bacon, chopped
3/4 cup Minute rice (or other instant rice)
2 1/4 cup gluten free chicken broth
About a handfull baby spinach leaves (depending on your preference)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2-3 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

1) Heat oil in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, mushrooms and bacon and saute until browned, about five minutes.

2) Combine the sauteed ingredients with the chicken broth and rice in the prepared baking dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the broth is absorbed and the rice is pretty well soft.

3) Fold in the spinach, butter, salt and pepper. Serve warm with your favorite grilled meat or alone.


Adapted from Donna Hay's Baked Mushroom, Bacon and Spinach Risotto