Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Orzo and Provolone Meatballs

Judy decided this was a recipe she'd like to try, and it was fabulous. It is definitely a "make this again".

nonstick cooking spray
rectangular baking dish

Preheat oven to 400 (we only use 350) and lightly spray baking dish. Set aside.

1 cup of diced pancetta, bacon or ham
1 cup of diced onion
2 cloves of garlic peeled and minced
1 cup of wine or apple juice

In a large skillet cook the meat over medium heat until brown and crisp. remove meat from pan leaving drippings for use. Add onion to drippings and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic. Add wine and stir the mixture including the browned bits on the bottom. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2. Remove from heat.

4 cups chicken broth
16 oz / 2 cups orzo pasta

In a large pot, bring broth to a boil. Stir in orzo. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow orzo to absorb liquids.

1 cup provolone cheese (shredded or diced)
1/2 cup of diced peppers (we used green)
1 cup cream
1/4 tsp salt (we omitted)
1/4 tsp pepper

12 meatballs (we used frozen)

In a large bowl mix: orzo, wine/meat mixture and the first 4 items listed above. Pour into prepared baking dish. Place meatballs into mixture.

1 cup panko bread crumbs (we used normal)
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp italian spice

Mix and sprinkle over casserole.

2 tbsp olive oil
OPTIONAL snipped parsley

Drizzle over top and bake for 25 minutes.
Decorate with parsley.

This was delicious cold (as I was not here for supper).....so I can imagine it was even better hot!
Served with garlic bread and caesar salad. Yup we are garlic lovers in this house, we just don't breathe on each other!



  1. This was really delicious! Our six-year-old taste tester LOVED the meatballs and gave the pasta one thumb up. She said as it came to the table, "I hope it tastes as good at it smells!" and she is happy to report that it does. I will make this in the future.

  2. Well done Judy. Praise from the test group all around.