Savory Orzo

This pasta dish has some really great flavors with an Italian twist.  Bacon, cheese and pine nuts made this a favorite side dish of my husband.  He especially liked the toasted pine nuts and not so much bacon.

Savory Orzo

  • 1-1/2 cups orzo
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated and divided
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp. seasoned salt (I use less)

Cook orzo  as directed on the package, usually about 8 to 12 minutes.  Drain well and set aside.

Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp;  drain  and crumble.  Save some of the drippings and saute the green onions for about 2 minutes.

Stir in orzo, bacon, 1/4 cup of the cheese and remaining ingredients.  Cook a couple of minutes or until heated through.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.

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