Last week I made this alongside roasted chicken. I forgot to take a photo—and, to tell the truth, it didn't look like anything special—but rest assured that it was delicious! The orzo takes on a very nutty flavor after being toasted. I happened to have some nice smoky Niman Ranch bacon, which never hurts. This really isn't summer fare, but I had the AC on....
Toasted Orzo with Peas, Onion, and Bacon
1 1/2 cups orzo
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
5 bacon slices, chopped [Mine was very thick, so I used only 4 slices.]
3 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add orzo and stir until beginning to color, about 10 minutes. Transfer orzo to small bowl. Add onion and bacon to same skillet. Sauté until bacon browns and onion is tender, about 15 minutes. Add broth and orzo and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until broth is absorbed and orzo is tender, about 18 minutes. Mix in peas. Add more broth if mixture is dry. Cover and cook until peas are just warmed through, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.