Orzo with Bacon and Asparagus

This skillet dinner has it all - orzo, bacon and asparagus blended in a quick meal that’s ready in 35 minutes.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 35 min
  • ingredients 6
  • servings 3

Ingredients

6
slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1
(14-oz.) can fat-free chicken broth with 1/3 less sodium
6 1/2
oz. (1 cup) uncooked orzo or rosamarina (rice-shaped pasta)
8
oz. fresh asparagus spears, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4
cup sliced roasted red bell peppers (from a jar)
2
oz. (1/2 cup) shredded fresh Asiago or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Cook bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Reserve bacon and 2 tablespoons bacon drippings in skillet. Add broth; bring to a boil. Add orzo. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 5 minutes.
  • 2 Add asparagus and roasted peppers; cover and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until orzo and asparagus are tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle individual servings with cheese.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 1/3 Cups
    Calories
    430
    (
    Calories from Fat
    125),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    14g
    14%
    (Saturated Fat
    6g,
    6%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    25mg
    25%;
    Sodium
    840mg
    840%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    52g
    52%
    (Dietary Fiber
    2g
    2%
      Sugars
    3g
    3%
    ),
    Protein
    24g
    24%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    22%;
    Vitamin C
    22%;
    Calcium
    28%;
    Iron
    18%;
    Exchanges:
    3 1/2 Starch; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 High-Fat Meat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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