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.

Prep Time

10

Minutes

Total Time

30

Minutes

Makes

4

servings

1
carton (32 oz) Progresso® chicken broth (4 cups)
2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1
tablespoon finely chopped garlic
3/4
cup finely chopped onion
Salt
3/4
lb uncooked pastina, orzo, riso or stelline
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2
cups frozen green peas
2
tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2
teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano
1 1/2
teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
3/4
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup finely chopped prosciutto or bacon, cooked until very crisp, well drained
1/2
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*:
    Exchanges:
    • 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.