Go Back

Find more recipes at charlotteslivelykitchen.com

pancetta pea manchego risotto

Pancetta, Pea & Manchego Cheese Risotto

A delicious risotto with pancetta, peas, manchego cheese and tarragon. Perfect for a relaxed evening meal with a glass of white wine.
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • 350 ml white wine
  • 750 ml chicken stock - or 750ml water + 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 65 g pancetta cubes
  • 4 Shallots
  • 150 g arborio rice
  • 1 tbsp dried tarragon
  • 40 g manchego cheese
  • 100 g frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper


  • Put the white wine (350ml) and stock (750ml) into a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and then reduce down to a simmer.
  • Meanwhile thinly slice the shallots.
  • Heat half of the olive oil (1 tsp) in a large frying pan. Add the pancetta (65g) and cook for a few minutes on a medium heat until cooked through. Remove the pancetta from the pan and set aside to use later.
  • Add the remaining olive oil to the frying pan, turn the heat to low and add the shallots. Cook for three minutes until soft, stirring regularly.
  • Add the rice to the shallots, increase the heat to medium and fry for two minutes.
  • Add 1 ladle of stock to the rice and stir until it has all been absorbed. Once absorbed add another ladle of stock and once again stir until it has been absorbed by the rice.
  • Repeat this process for about 15 minutes, at this point the rice will be almost cooked. Add the frozen peas (100g) and dried tarragon (1 tbsp).
  • Continue adding stock for about another 5 minutes until the rice is just cooked.
  • Finely grate the manchego cheese (40g) and once the rice is cooked add the cheese and cooked pancetta and stir to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.


To garnish the risotto I used some manchego cheese shavings and fresh tarragon leaves. For an extra indulgent risotto, serve topped with a poached egg.
Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.


Calories: 887kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 955mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 25.2mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 6.2mg

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian