Cheesy Baked Orzo with Bacon & Peas

OMG this is good! A delicious orzo casserole featuring bacon, peas, Gruyere and parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Cheesy Baked Orzo with Bacon & Peas

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 8

    ounces bacon, diced

  • 2

    cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • cups milk

  • 8

    ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded

  • ½

    teaspoon salt

  • ¼

    teaspoon black pepper

  • 1

    pound orzo

  • cups frozen peas, thawed

  • ¼

    cup Parmesan, grated

Directions

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon; cook 8 minutes, until crispy. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk, bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Stir in Gruyere, salt and pepper until smooth. Set aside. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add orzo; cook 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain. Stir into sauce with peas and cooked bacon. Transfer orzo to a 2-quart baking dish. Top with Parmesan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, until bubbling and lightly browned.


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