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Cheesy Baked Orzo with Bacon and Peas

Cheesy Baked Orzo with Bacon and Peas

Nutrition Facts
  • cal. (kcal) 290
  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Bake: 20 mins at 400°F
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Ingredients

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  • 8 ounces bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound orzo
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees . Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon; cook 8 minutes, until crispy. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon. Pour off all but 3 tbsp of the bacon fat. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk, bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Stir in Gruyere, salt and pepper until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add orzo; cook 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain. Stir into sauce with peas and cooked bacon.
  3. Transfer orzo to a 2-quart baking dish. Top with Parmesan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, until bubbling and lightly browned.

Nutrition Information for Cheesy Baked Orzo with Bacon and Peas

Servings Per Recipe: 12
PER SERVING: 290 cal., 9 g total fat 34 g carb. (2 g fiber), 17 g pro.