Orzo Alfredo with Peas

Orzo Alfredo with Peas Recipe

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.*

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Orzo Alfredo with Peas Recipe

Orzo Alfredo with Peas


  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Description

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.


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Ingredients

  • 16 oz. orzo, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 21/2 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)

Instructions

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.


  • Method: Stovetop

Keywords: orzo, peas, stovetop, quick & easy

Adapted from A Whisk and A Prayer

Orzo Alfredo with Peas Recipe

* Due to concerns about the use of gestation crates in pork production, Menus4Moms’ new and updated recipes limit the use of pork products.


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Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking or publishing, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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