Bacon Beer Cheese Orzo

It’s going to snow and it’s going to snow a lot! Not tonight. Not this week, but at some point this winter, we will get snow. I recommend you bookmark this recipe for that occasion. It is the ultimate comfort food. It has every element of comfort that one could desire; bacon, beer, cheese and pasta.

Comfort was needed in our house this week. There’s been an odd virus going around our house for about a month. It’s left us all with a touch of laryngitis and exhaustion. We needed some comfort food! And even though I too was stricken, I managed to muster the energy needed to whip this up.

Bacon Beer Cheese Orzo
8 pieces of bacon, cooked and cut into chunks
1/2 cup or so chopped leek or onion
olive oil for the pan
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups orzo
1 cup beer
2 cups broth
2 tbsp butter
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar

1. Heat the olive oil on medium in a pan big enough to hold all the ingredients.
2. Add bacon, garlic and leeks or onion and cook thoroughly. 
3. Pour uncooked Orzo into the pan and stir around until coated with the oil, etc.
4. Add beer and a cup of broth and cook on low until the broth is absorbed by the orzo. Stir a lot!
5. Add the other cup of broth and, still on low, cook until that’s also absorbed. Keep stirring! The orzo should look creamy and be soft. If it’s too hard, add 1/2 cup more broth or water and continue cooking until the liquid is absorbed. That should be enough.
6. Add butter and cheese. Stir until incorporated.
7. Garnish with chopped green onion or bacon crumbles or some chopped red pepper if you have it. 

This was a huge hit in my house. There is about one serving left and my guess is someone will hide it. Correction. I KNOW that someone will hide it because that someone will be me!

We had some left over roast chicken from Costco that I also added to this. If you want to lighten this up, you can use turkey bacon and low fat cheese. And if you’re looking for other orzo recipes, please check out my No Nonsense Orzo too!


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