Zucchini, Pancetta Orzo w/Parmesan: A Nigel Slater Pasta Favorite for Simple Goodness during the Week or for a Casual Dinner Party

Nov 04, 2018

Yes, you would be correct to say that the above image did not capture my creation of Nigel Slater’s Orzo with Zucchini and Grana Padano pasta dish. Included in his cookbook Notes from the Larder, he shares this simple pasta dish that will satiate your palate, fit the vegetable requirement and be ready to enjoy in fewer than 20 minutes.

Needless to say, each of the last three times I have made it in the past three weeks, I have made it after being exhausted and devoured it immediately – thus, no pictures captured what I made.

But I can attest, it is absolutely delicious and a meal in and of itself. Pair with a glass of your favorite wine, put your feet up and relax. 

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Zucchini, Pancetta Orzo w/Parmesan

Simply LuxuriousSimply Luxurious
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounces orzo (pasta)
  • 5 ounces pancetta diced
  • 1 large sweet onion 2 shallots will do if an onion is not available
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine rosé can work well also
  • 2 medium zucchini sliced and cubed
  • 1 cup Parmesan or Grana Padano
  • salt (coarse sea salt) and pepper (freshly ground)

Instructions
 

  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Add coarse sea salt to season. Add the orzo pasta to the boiling water and boil for nine minutes. Remove and drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet on low-medium heat, cook the diced pancetta and onion (diced). Drizzle the olive oil in the pan before adding the ingredients. Cook for 15 minutes until the pancetta is cooked and the onion is transculent.
  • Add the white wine to the pancetta and onions and increase the heat to medium-high. Reduce the wine by 1/3 to a 1/2. Then add the zucchini and cooking for about 10 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn off the heat and add the orzo and the cheese to the skillet with the pancetta, onion and zucchini. Toss to combine and enjoy!


5 thoughts on “Zucchini, Pancetta Orzo w/Parmesan: A Nigel Slater Pasta Favorite for Simple Goodness during the Week or for a Casual Dinner Party

  1. I have been craving this recipe ever since I saw this on your IG stores. A quick survey of pantry showed I did not have orzo or pancetta…I did however have Prosciutto and quinoa. A quick substitution, and this made a meal that was absolutely divine!! Thank you for the quick and easy meal inspiration!

  2. We had a lovely weather day for dining on our screened back porch, so I made this delicious dish and served it with parm and a vinaigrette, a torn baguette, and a crisp sauvignon blanc. It was as if I were dining on a patio in Provence–almost!

    Thanks for sharing it, Shannon.

  3. We had a lovely weather day for dining on our screened back porch, so I made this delicious dish and served it with an argulat salad tossed with parm and a vinaigrette, a torn baguette, and a crisp sauvignon blanc. It was as if I were dining on a patio in Provence–almost!

    Thanks for sharing it, Shannon.

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