This quick stove top Orzo Alfredo is perfect for nights when you don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to heat up the oven. The combination of cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese creates a fantastic homemade Alfredo sauce. Calories and fat could be reduced by using milk and/or half-and-half along with some cornstarch to thicken the sauce instead of using cream.
Don’t have all the ingredients? Mix it up with different pasta or vegetables, or add chicken for a heartier dish. Sauté a few finely diced red peppers to add, or switch to chopped steamed broccoli and a little sautéed onion for a completely different version. When we originally posted this recipe it included bacon, which we have removed in this updated version.*
Orzo Alfredo with Peas
- 16 oz. orzo, cooked according to package directions
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2-1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed and drained
- 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg, affiliate link
- In a large saucepan, combine cream and butter. Heat over medium heat until butter has melted and cream is warmed, but do not boil. Add Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Mix well and cook over medium-low heat until cheese is melted. Add peas and orzo, mixing gently. Heat over medium-low heat until everything is warmed through. Serve immediately.
Adapted from A Whisk and A Prayer
* Due to concerns about the use of gestation crates in pork production, Menus4Moms’ new and updated recipes limit the use of pork products.