Sunday, March 08, 2009


makes 6 servings

4 slices smoked bacon, thick cut, diced
2 tablespoons shallots, diced
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
4 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 cup tomato, diced
1 cup heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper, to taste
8 ounces orzo
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Sauté bacon until crispy. Remove from pan, drain and reserve. Remove all bacon grease except 1 tablespoon. Sauté shallots and garlic for 1 minute while stirring, then add spinach leaves and continue stirring for 1 minute or until leaves are wilted. Add tomatoes and simmer for 2 minutes. Add whipping cream and bacon, then simmer on low heat. Cook orzo according to package directions (13 minutes), then drain and add to cream immediately. Stir in Parmesan cheese and remove from heat. Let stand 1 to2 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley and more Parmesan if desired.

courtesy of: Chef2Chef: Culinary Portal

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