Orzo with Bacon, Mushrooms and Italian Seasonings Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Orzo with Bacon, Mushrooms and Italian Seasonings Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Orzo with Bacon, Mushrooms and Italian Seasonings

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"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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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    50 mins


  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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Aug 29, 2012

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. So sad it is not longer part of AR's repertoire.

Mar 30, 2006

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!


7 Ratings

Dec 26, 2005

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

Oct 21, 2014

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 that I used all homemade broth (5 cups)and not the water. It was a very nice change in place of sausage stuffing. We will be having this again. I can also see adding some zucchini or other veggies to make a complete meal out of this. Husband snagged the leftovers for lunch - lucky guy!

May 25, 2013

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 the Italian seasoning. I usually have my own blend sitting around, it's Italian Seasoning II on this site, but didn't have any mixed up at the time. I will definitely make this again. It was a great complement to pork chops that also had Parmesan and Italian type seasonings and green beans with red bell peppers and shallots.

Sep 19, 2012

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 minutes, or simply turn up the heat to get the liquid to absorb a bit quicker. For my liking, I scaled down the amount of bacon, mushrooms and onion.

May 26, 2006

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 definitely a keeper! This was enough for about 8 servings.


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  • Calories
  • 679 kcal
  • 34%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 94.7 g
  • 31%
  • Cholesterol
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 17.7 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 7.2 g
  • 29%
  • Protein
  • 34.5 g
  • 69%
  • Sodium
  • 909 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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