Orzo Risotto with Pancetta & Peas

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recipe by Octopus Publishing www.octopusbooks.co.uk/

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based on 2 ratings

There is nothing better than a creamy, comforting bowl of risotto, but who has time to stand at the stove stirring for half an hour? This quick twist on a classic risotto gives you the comfort you crave in just 10 minutes. Serve with warm garlic bread for a really indulgent treat.

recipe updated Jun 8, 2018


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    Vegetable stock
  • Orzo icon
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    1 tbsp
  • Fresh garlic icon
    Fresh garlic
    1 tsp
  • Pancetta icon
    1 cup
  • Frozen peas icon
    Frozen peas
    1¾ cups
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    as needed
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    ½ cup
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    Parmesan cheese
    as needed
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    as needed


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Step preview

  1. Prep and set aside fresh garlic: peeled & minced
  2. Prep and set aside pancetta: diced
  3. Prep and set aside fresh parsley: chopped
  4. Prep and set aside parmesan cheese: grated
  5. Get a clean frying pan
  6. Add vegetable stock
  7. Boil on high heat
  8. Add orzo and continue
  9. Add butter to a frying pan
  10. Melt on medium heat
  11. Add prepared fresh garlic
  12. Add prepared pancetta
  13. Fry in frying pan until crispy
  14. Transfer meat to pasta
  15. Add frozen peas
  16. Cook for 7min on medium heat until al dente while stirring occasionally
  17. Season to taste
  18. Add prepared fresh parsley
  19. Add prepared parmesan cheese
  20. Stir
  21. Serve immediately
  22. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese
  23. Season with freshly ground black pepper
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