Start with the puree:
Place the butter, peas and stock in a small pot, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Pop in the food processor and blitz into a smooth puree. Season to taste.
Take half of the bacon and lay the slices onto a baking tray. Place under the grill until crispy on both sides – keep a watchful eye. Once cooled, roughly chop and set aside. With the remaining bacon, dice into lardons and set aside.
Heat the oil and butter and fry the bacon lardons until crispy, then over a moderate heat, add the onions and cook until soft and fragrant. Add the rice and stir around until well coated in the butter.
Over moderate heat, add the hot stock one ladle at a time until all the stock has been absorbed, stirring occasionally(not too much). This will take 10 – 12 minutes.
Add the peas and cook for a further 2 minutes. Now add the pea puree and parmesan cheese and stir vigorously until well combined. Season to taste. Serve topped with crispy bacon, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkling of grated parmesan.
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