Orzo with Ham, Peas & Goat Cheese


We close out the week with another recipe from the Family Celebrations With the Cake Boss. This dinner came together in no time. And the flavors were wonderful. The lemon flavor and the creaminess of the sauce. And it had ham in it too!

From Family Celebrations With the Cake Boss, Orzo with Ham, Peas & Goat Cheese

Ingredients -
1 1/4 cup dried orzo
1 cup defrosted frozen peas
4 oz soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
freshly squeezed juice of 1 large lemon (3 to 4 tbsp)
1/3 lb country ham, diced
1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped

Method -
Cook orzo in a 6-quart pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water, then drain orzo in a colander. In a mixing bowl, toss together the hot orzo, peas and goat cheese, stirring gently. Add olive oil, lemon juice and some of the pasta water, stirring to help the cheese emulsify to a sauce like consistency. Stir in the ham and the mint.

I think the leftovers would make a nice pasta pie... assuming I don' have them for lunch!

Hope everyone has a splendid weekend! 
 
And don't forget Sunday night is the Downton Abbey finale!!

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