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Breakfast Risotto -- Start your day with risotto made with bacon and cheddar cheese with a poached egg on top | wearenotmartha.com

Breakfast Risotto with Bacon and Poached Egg

Though it's traditionally a dinner food, risotto can be enjoyed in the morning, too! This recipe for breakfast risotto combines bacon, eggs, and cheese for the ideal way to start your day.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breakfast Bowls, Fun Breakfast Recipes, Risotto Recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
Author: Sues


  • 6 strips bacon
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • ¼ cup dry white wine*
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar, for poaching egg
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  • Chop bacon into bite-sized pieces and put it in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook the bacon until it's nice and crispy and remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Leave about 2 Tbsp of oil in the pan and drain the rest. Set aside.
  • While bacon is cooking, pour chicken broth into a medium saucepan, bring to a boil, and then lower to a simmer. Leave simmering.
  • Put garlic in pan with the bacon grease and let cook for about 30 seconds to a minute over medium heat.
  • Add arborio rice to pot and cook for about one minute, until it's translucent around the edges.
  • Pour white wine in, stir, and take care to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Let cook until wine is completely absorbed (see notes section if you prefer not to use wine).
  • Add ½ cup chicken stock in, stir, and let broth absorb.
  • Continue to add broth into rice ½ cup at a time, stirring, and letting absorb.
  • While risotto is cooking, poach eggs by filling a large saucepan with high sides with water and vinegar and bringing to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Crack each egg into a little bowl and then slowly pour the eggs into the simmering water, one at a time.
  • Turn off the heat of the stove and let the eggs cook for about 4 minutes.
  • Remove eggs from water to a paper towel-lined plate. See notes section if you want to poach your eggs ahead of time.
  • When all of the chicken broth has been incorporated into the risotto, stir in the chopped bacon, scallions, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper.
  • Serve risotto in individual bowls with poached eggs on top.


  • Wine helps balance out the richness of this dish, but if you prefer not to use wine in your breakfast (it all cooks out!), you can skip this step.
  • To poach eggs in advance: Poach like normal, but undercook by about a minute (especially if you want runny yolks) and then shock eggs in an ice bath. Let them sit in a container of water in your fridge for up to two days. When ready to eat, with warm in simmering water or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds.
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