Pastina Risotto with Peas and Prosciutto

Pastina Risotto with Peas and Prosciutto

You’ll love this creamy herbed-Italian risotto simmered in Progresso® chicken broth with fresh herbs, Parmesan cheese and bacon.

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carton (32 oz) Progresso® chicken broth (4 cups)
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
tablespoon finely chopped garlic
cup finely chopped onion
lb uncooked pastina, orzo, riso or stelline
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
cups frozen green peas
tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2
teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano
1 1/2
teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
cup finely chopped prosciutto or bacon, cooked until very crisp, well drained
cup fresh carrot juice
  1. Bring the broth to a low simmer in a saucepan.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the garlic and cook briefly until light brown. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, lower the heat to medium, and cook until the onion is soft but not brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of the simmering broth and bring to a boil. Add the pastina; stir well, and reduce the heat to maintain a slow simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Simmer, ladling in the broth 1/2 cup at a time as the previous addition is absorbed, and stirring occasionally to prevent the pastina from sticking to the bottom of the pan, until the pasta is about three-fourths done, about 10 minutes. Add the peas and the remaining simmering broth and cook until the peas are tender and the pasta is al dente, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon of the butter, the oregano, thyme, Parmesan, and 3 tablespoons of the bacon. Stir well. The consistency should be quite loose, like a thick soup.
  4. During the last few minutes of cooking, stir in the carrot juice. Whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter until just melted. Top with remaining bacon.
Makes 4 servings (1 1/2 cups each)

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 670
    • (Calories from Fat 190),
  • Total Fat 21g
    • (Saturated Fat 9g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 35mg;
  • Sodium 1790mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 90g
    • (Dietary Fiber 7g,
    • Sugars 9g),
  • Protein 30g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 5 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 6;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.