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After the pancetta crisps, add the whole-wheat orzo to develop and soak up all the salty and buttery flavor. Acting as a blank canvas, orzo easily adapts to different flavors making rich pancetta drippings and fresh chopped chives the perfect balance and pairing. The addition of the olive oil and tang of apple cider vinegar completes this pasta side dish. Take this a grab-and-go lunch with you as it can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. Pair with grilled fish for a complete meal. 

Recipe by Cooking Light September 2016


Credit: Victor Protasio; Styling: Paige Hicks

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20 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1/3 cup)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high 3 minutes or until crisp. Remove pancetta, reserving drippings in pan; coarsely chop pancetta. Add orzo to drippings; cook over medium-high 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken stock; bring to a boil. Boil 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in olive oil and vinegar. Sprinkle with pancetta and chives.


Nutrition Facts

244 calories; fat 12.6g; saturated fat 3.2g; mono fat 3.7g; poly fat 0.5g; protein 9g; carbohydrates 23g; fiber 5g; cholesterol 16mg; sodium 317mg; calcium 11mg.