orzo with peas, bacon & parmesan

Prep time 5 minutes, cook time 20 minutes. Serves 6

ingredients

3 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup shallots, finely diced (about 3)

1 1/2 cups orzo

3 cups chicken broth

3 ounces bacon, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

1 cup shelled fresh peas or frozen petit peas, thawed

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated + extra for sprinkling

4 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté shallots for 2 minutes,
  2. Add orzo and sauté for another 2 minutes until slightly browned.
  3. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until orzo is
    tender and liquid is absorbed (about 20 minutes)
  4. Meanwhile, sauté bacon over medium-high heat until brown, about 4
    minutes. Set aside.
  5. Add peas and Parmesan to orzo, combine. Stir in the cooked bacon and fresh dill and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Sprinkle with a little reserved Parmesan and serve in a large bowl

Replace the bacon with mushrooms if you'd prefer a more veggie-focused meal!

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