Friday, December 9, 2011

Tuna Orzo Pasta

Tuna Orzo Pasta
1/2 c. orzo- I use tricolor
1- 7oz. can of tuna packed in olive oil
1 strip of bacon
1 small onion- sliced thin
1 garlic clove- sliced thin
1 small head of radicchio- sliced thin
1 Tbl. olive oil
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

Dollop of Dijon mustard or pesto- optional
Grated hard cheese-optional

1. Set a salted pot of water to boil and once boiling, throw in the orzo and cook per instructions- or until orzo tastes al dente. Drain and put pasta back int he warm pot. Cover and set aside.

2. While pasta is cooking, in a saute pan cook the bacon. Remove, drain and crumble when cooled. Remove bacon fat until there's just approx 1 teaspoon left. Add the onions, radicchio and garlic. Cook until tender and onion is translucent over medium high heat. Add in oregano, crushed red pepper, drained tuna and the cooked bacon. Add in the orzo and mix well. Serve with pesto or mustard or an optional grating of a hard cheese (like Parmesan or Piave) over.

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