I know we all LOVE teeny tiny orzo pasta. Guess what?! It just got even better.
Picture pasta tossed with bacon pieces, shallots fried in bacon grease, al dente fava beans all mixed together in a silky sour cream sauce.
Yes indeed….you now got yerself a super lunch or dinner. Creamy Orzo Pasta with Bacon & Fava Beans.
Recently I signed on to work with the Real California Milk folks to promote some of my favorite all time ingredients…all which have to do with those sassy California cows.
They have amazing recipes over there and I am thrilled to share mine with you today.
I made sure to use lots of real California sour cream in this pasta. The taste is perfectly rich….but also light enough for summer meals.
Great for picnics, outdoor celebrations and lunch boxes.
This is a versatile recipe that can be served hot, cold or at room temperature.
A few Dairy Tid-Bits…
Did you know that June is National Dairy Month? Well now you do!
California is the number one dairy state in the US, producing more milk, butter and ice cream than any other state and is the 2nd largest producer of cheese. (That’s a whole lot to celebrate!)
Be sure to look for these seals next time you buy milk, cheese, sour cream etc…
A California Dairy Pinterest Contest for YOU!
Real California Milk wants you to celebrate everything dairy. They have a super fun contest for you to participate in…with amazing prizes!
Here’s How To Enter:
- Create your very own dairy-inspired Pinterest board titled So Very California Dairy. (Check out my board)
- Pin a minimum of 4 things: The 30 Days of Dairy Calendar found here, along with 3 Recipes you love from RealCaliforniaMilk.com. (Link over to pin all four!)
- Make sure to hashtag all your pins with #30daysofCAdairy.
Here is the calendar….
A bit more…
Each week in the month of June, one lucky contest participant will be randomly chosen to win a $60 Williams Sonoma Gift Card.
AND… at the end of the month, one contest participant will be randomly chosen to win a $500 Williams Sonoma Gift Card! Just think of all the fun you could have with $500 at Williams Sonoma!!
You can pin as many additional dairy-driven photos to your board as you like. Just remember to pin with the#30dayofCAdairy hashtag!
So set up your Pinterest board today and Pin-it to Win-it! Woo hoo!
Disclosure: I am working with Real California Milk. I love sharing products and ingredients I believe in with all of you!
Orzo Pasta Recipe Links
- Citrus-Herb Orzo Salad offbeat + inspired
- Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Tide & Thyme
- Lemony Orzo with Cucumber & Feta Fork, Knife, Swoon
- Orzo Pasta with Chicken, Fresh Herbs & Feta MarlaMeridith.com
- Orzo with Roasted Vegetables Hungry Hannah
- Peas and Parsley Orzo A Muse in My Kitchen
60 thoughts on “Creamy Orzo Pasta with Bacon & Fava Beans”
Tasty! A wonderful summer dish and combination.
Thanks Rosa…..indeed perfect for summer 🙂
Gorgeous and yummy pasta dish with creamy sour cream sauce! NOM! xo
Thanks Stacy….that sour cream puts it over the top!
These sounds and looks amazing! You made me hungry!
Yay! That’s the goal Najwa 🙂
This sounds really tasty! I love the addition of fava beans too for a really nutritious and wholesome dish.
Thanks Kathryn…..I thought the favas would be a unique and fun twist!
This sounds incredible!
I think I could eat this gorgeous pasta every day. I love orzo!
Awwwwww, thanks so much Jen! Hopefully you can try it soon 🙂
Ahhh look at that bacon on top just screaming at me to dive in and devour it! Gorgeous as always! 🙂
Ha! Rachel you crack me up….that bacon does scream doesn’t it 😉
this looks so creamy and delicious! i love the bacon on top!!
Thanks Julie…..actually wish I had some leftovers today for lunch!
Oh wow. I’m so sold on this dish. It sounds amazing!
Awesome Leah! Happy you are sold on it 😉
What a tasty summer pasta salad! I do not use fava beans nearly enough!
Gotta get your hands on some fava beans Kevin. I would love to see how you would use them!
Orzo pasta is one of my favorites!
Maria, you certainly have some GREAT orzo pasta recipes 🙂
I like, cannot move.
Nice Bev. Nice 😉
I have always been so scared to try fava beans – adding a little bacon and sour cream definitely makes me feel a little more brave though 😉
Oh miss Heather….don’t be shy. That sour cream, bacon & pasta will make you LOVE lava beans 😉
I want to jump right in that bowl!
Go for it Katrina!!
You had me at bacon! And fava beans- love em!
Awesome Kelley!! Happy you dig….perfect recipe for us mountain folk. Any season!
Oh Marla this is a little bowl of heaven!! Need and want!
Awwww, thanks Jenny! “A little bowl of heaven” I LOVE that!
I love orzo, yes please to creamy orzo!
Creamy makes it all the more better!
Delicious-looking pasta, Marla!
The pasta definitely hits the spot, great job! And I love the bowls 🙂
This looks so warm and comforting! Delicious!
I do love orzo! But alas! I don’t use it as often as I probably should. This looks very good. Except the fava beans. I see myself totally making this but using some other bean. Maybe white? Or kidney?
Sounds perfect…..you can’t go wrong with those beans 🙂
Beautiful, Marla! I could eat a big ol’ bowl full of this delicious pasta!
Delicious and I love the flavor and color pop fromthe fava beans.
I love orzo pasta!!! And of course bacon makes everything better! I wish I had some of this right now!
You are so right Carla….Bacon makes everything way better!
I love this idea! Bacon and fava beans – I am in!
I love orzo! This is a must 🙂
Hellloooo beautiful! This orzo dish looks absolutely delicious, Marla! I love all the summery flavors going on. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely rest of the week!
Thanks Miss Georgia! You too 🙂
I love pasta and orzo is one such kind that I always store in my pantry. With fava beans and bacon it would surely taste delicious!
Thanks Kankana, hopefully you can try it soon!
Some of my favorite ingredients!!
Oh my! This salad just looks wonderful, so full of flavor, I love it 🙂
I love orzo and this dish sounds so delicious and creamy!
Gorgeous & delicious pasta dish, Marla! Wish I had a bowl of it right now!
That sounds delicious!
looks devine lady!
Your spoons! Oh My World, Your Spoons!!! I’m obsessed with them now. I’ve looked for them thru Google, but I have not found them. I will never be happy ever again in my whole life unless I find those spoons! (slight exaggeration for dramatic effect). Please, would you tell me where you got them? Thanks!
PS, Your recipes are to die for. But the spoons, oh man the spoons! 😉
A great combination here! This salad is a perfect one for summer! I must try it when I have some fresh fava beans in hand!
Ivonne, I am DYING to know about the spoons, too!
Awwwww, I cannot remember. Ordered them a year or two ago…I need to keep a list!