Buckwheat, Bacon and Sundried Tomato Risotto

SERVES 6 | PREP 6 Hours | COOK 15 Mins

A healthy, gluten-free risotto in 15 minutes? Bring it on. This recipe is that and much, much more.


  • 3 cups raw buckwheat
  • 5 rashes free-range bacon, finely sliced
  • 10 large kale leaves, finely sliced
  • 2 green shallots, finely sliced
  • 3 cups broth (I use chicken)
  • ½ cup (total) fresh basil and flat-leaf parsley, finely shredded
  • 2 tbsp Spiral Foods sundried tomato and basil olive oil (plus extra for serving)
  • 30g parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Pepper, for serving


  • Step 1
  • Wash buckwheat and place in a large bowl. Cover with enough water to soak. Ideally, soak it overnight but 6 hours will do the trick.
  • Step 2
  • Drain buckwheat and set aside. Preheat a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add olive oil, bacon, kale and shallots. Cook until bacon is browned and kale is wilted.
  • Step 3
  • Add drained buckwheat and herbs to the saucepan and cover with the stock. Allow to simmer until stock is absorbed. Season lightly with pepper.
  • Serving Suggestion
  • Stir through parmesan cheese and drizzle a little extra olive oil on top.
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Stacey Clare's Nutritional Tip

  • Although its name is misleading, buckwheat is actually not a grain. It is in fact a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel. This makes is gluten free and therefore perfect for coeliacs and those who are sensitive to gluten grains.


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