Creamy Orzo With Pancetta

Jan 30, 2012 by

I had an opportunity to try a pasta called orzo. It’s a small pasta shaped like a grain of rice quite suitable for salads, soups, risotto or creamy pasta dishes. It’s a wonderful addition to my Pantry. This is a very quick and easy week night meal that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did. I made quite a few changes to the original recipe but I was more than happy with the result. Sometimes, all you need is an idea to get your creative juices flowing. The texture of this recipe reminds me of a risotto since the pasta has to absorb the liquid that it is cooked in.

I enjoyed making this dish and I can actually think of a few variations that I would love to try – like meatless, or with chicken instead of the pancetta. I love that there are so many options. The first time I made this dish… I forgot the cheese. I’ll just call that the “reduced calorie” version :-) It looked pretty though, and tasted great too.

Orzo with Pancetta


Creamy Orzo With Pancetta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1/4 Cup Diced Pancetta
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups Orzo
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth (low-fat, low-sodium)
  • 1/2 Cup Green peas (thawed from frozen)
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. In a dutch oven (or deep pot), melt butter
  2. Add garlic and stir for about a minute
  3. Add onion, then sauté until translucent
  4. Add Orzo and allow to "toast" in order to bring out the flavour
  5. Add salt and pepper
  6. Add broth and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  7. When orzo is fluffed up, add pancetta, stir and allow to warm through
  8. Add green peas. Stir to combine
  9. Add parmesan and stir
  10. Allow to warm through, about 3-5 minutes
  11. Serve and enjoy


Here’s how I made it. So easy. I bet you’ll be making this meal this week :-)


Onion, Garlic, Orzo


Once broth has been absorbed, add Pancetta


Add peas



Add parmesan cheese. Stir to combine



I remembered to add the cheese this time :-)



So creamy…

Yes, dinner was good. My boys loved it.


This recipe was adapted from Everyday Food


Happy Monday!!! ~Lyn

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  1. I love orzo pasta..sometimes I use it in my soups. Your meal look very very delicious, and so pretty and colorful! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!!!

  2. Love how simple but tasty your orzo dish looks like, Lyn! No wonder your boys loved it!

    • Thanks, Tina! I’m working on ideas for a few versions with the kids in mind :-) Simplicity is key! Stay tuned!