Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta

Same method as this One-Pan Pasta, but with different shaped pasta and different ingredients. And maybe, after all that, a little bit more delicious. Nice to have two of these pasta dishes to choose from!

Let’s see how this goes.

Get the orzo pasta. It’s shaped like rice, adding to the risotto-ness of the dish.

Orzo pasta.

Orzo pasta.

Measure out the peas.

Frozen peas.

Frozen peas.

Dice the pancetta…

Diced pancetta.

Diced pancetta.

…and cook it until it’s crispy.

Cooking the pancetta.

Cooking the pancetta.

Then add the frozen peas.

Add the peas.

Add the peas.

Now that the peas have been in the pan for a minute, add the orzo.

Orzo, into the pan (a whatfoodimade action shot™!).

Orzo, into the pan (a whatfoodimade action shot™!).

Boiling water, added.

Boiling water is in the pan.

Boiling water is in the pan.

After about 10 mintues.

After 10 minutes or so.

After 10 minutes or so.

Add the butter.

Add butter.

Add butter.

Then add the Parmesan cheese.

Add the cheese.

Add the cheese.

Serve!

Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta.

Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta.

The recipe is from Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson (have I mentioned that I own an autographed copy? Yes? Okay.).
http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/what-were-reading-nigellissima/

Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta

2 Tbs. garlic-flavored oil
6 oz. cubed pancetta
1 1/4 cups frozen petits pois
8 oz. orzo pasta
2 1/2 cups boiling water
Salt, to taste
1 Tbs. soft butter
2 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Warm the oil in a heavy pan that will hold everything later; a Dutch oven or saucepan of 10 inches diameter should be big enough. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring, until it becomes crisp and bronzed, then add the peas and stir for a minute or so until the frozen look leaves them.

Add the pasta and turn it about in the pancetta and peas, then pour in the boiling water. Add salt (cautiously, especially if this is for children—the pancetta is salty, as is the Parmigiano-Reggiano later); then turn down the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes, though check on it a couple of times and give a stir or two, to stop it from sticking and to see if you need to add a little more water from the kettle.

When it’s ready, the pasta should be soft and starchy and the water absorbed. Beat the butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano into the pan, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately in warm bowls. Serves 2 hungry grown-ups or 4 small children.

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