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Orzo with Bacon, Mushrooms and Italian Seasonings

"Orzo pasta is cooked like a risotto in this hearty and flavorful dish. With mushrooms, cheese and bacon, you really can't go wrong."
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50 m servings 679 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 679 kcal
  • 34%
  • Fat:
  • 17.7 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 94.7g
  • 31%
  • Protein:
  • 34.5 g
  • 69%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 909 mg
  • 36%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Heat a soup pot over medium heat. Add bacon pieces and fry until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel to drain and pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pot. Return the pot to medium heat. Add the mushrooms to the pot; cook and stir for about 5 minutes. Add the onions and season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to cook and stir until onions are tender, about 3 more minutes.
  2. Pour the broth and water into the pot and add the orzo pasta. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until orzo is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the bacon pieces and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.


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Excellent! SO full of flavor. A little more prep than most simple pasta dishes but worth the extra minutes. I used fresh herbs, and an orzo blend. Forgot the Parmesan but it wasn't missed. S...

This is one of my husbands favorite recipes. It is so easy to make and very flavorful. I used already cooked bacon and added some fresh chopped spinach. Wonderful!

Absolutely awsome recipe! Plenty of flavor without being overpowering. Perfect side dish that everyone (even the kids!) will love.

This was an amazing dish! I chose this for the Allstars fall comfort food makeover recipe. I substituted Johnsonville breakfast sausage for the bacon. I followed the recipe with the exception...

This was awesome. Adding the seasonings to the veggies before adding the liquid really makes a difference. I halved the recipe and it worked just fine. I just used oregano, basil and thyme for...

Excellent flavor--something different to add if you find your dinners each week begin to resemble each other. I also found that you will need to simmer the orzo longer than the suggested 8-10 m...

I just made this and WOW was it delicious! Aside from me adding a pinch too much salt (I forgot that the bacon would salt it up pretty good), my family really enjoyed it and said it's definitel...