Asiago and Bacon Orzo Medley Recipe

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Asiago and Bacon Orzo Medley Recipe

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Servings: 11 (about 1/2 cup per serving)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Recipe Ingredients

    4 ounces bacon, chopped

    4 ounces white onion, diced

    1 teaspoon garlic, minced

    2 cups fresh asparagus tips

    2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

    1/4 cup Holland House White Cooking Wine

    1/4 cup chicken stock

    3 cups orzo, cooked according to package directions

    1/2 cup shaved Asiago cheese

    salt, to taste

    pepper, to taste

Recipe Instructions

    In large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Add onions and garlic to pan with bacon and saute until fragrant and soft. Cook onions until translucent.

    Add asparagus tips, cherry tomatoes, chicken stock and cooking wine to saucepan and deglaze.

    Add cooked orzo and Asiago cheese, stirring to combine. Cook 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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SOURCE: Holland House Cooking Wines


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