I am reviewing Orzotto with Pancetta and Peas as seen on episode five of Nigelissima. I’ve not been overly impressed with our latest visit to Nigella Lawson’s kitchen, especially when I compare it to her earlier series’. Nigella has changed, the twinkle in her eye has diminished and the entire programme seems to be geared up towards an American audience with gratuitous shots of Big Ben and Westminster Bridge at every opportunity. I’ve always been a devotee of La Lawson and have most of her cookbooks, counting her early work among my favourite cook books, for their balance, commentary and passion for all things food.
Sadly, I haven’t been inspired to cook many of the ‘Italian’ recipes, but last week she introduced us to Orzotto made with peas and pancetta and rice shaped pasta and told us that according to her Italian friends, this was THE latest in culinary fashion in Italy. For the first time in 5 episodes her eyes lit up as she described a) how easy it is to cook and b) how lovely it tastes. Old Nigella was back and my interested was piqued.
I decided to cook it for supper last night and the outcome was every bit as delicious as it looked on the television and yes, it takes no time at all to cook. The only ingredient I worried about being able to get was the Orzo ( rice shaped pasta) as earlier in the week I had seen Nigella tweeting links to various mail order companies for eager followers. I found mine in the supermarket under the *finest range and managed to pick up one of the last two packets luckily.
So into the kitchen and the ingredients couldn’t be simpler, although again for the US market the measurements are in cups and not grams and oz. I never really understand how to convert them into British weights and measures so I used a mug working on the premiss that so long as I stuck to the one pasta = double the water method I couldn’t go far wrong. So here goes.
Nigelissma – Orzotto with pancetta and peas.
- 1 large pack of pancetta ( I used smoked)
- 1 cup of peas
- 1 1/4 cups of Orzo
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of wine ( I swapped water for wine here)
- 200g of fresh Parmesan
I have to say the Orzotto with Pancetta and Peas was as deliciously tasty as it looked on the television and was a huge hit chez Lover of Creating Flavours. I think I may have to return to the supermarket to buy some more orzo pronto as I now have big plans for the squid ink in the fridge. If you are looking for something quick, no fuss or frills and easy as the peas(y) in the dish? Then Orzotto with Pancetta & Peas is the perfect comfort food for you and ideal for a weekday supper. I’ve actually made enough to have some for lunch during the week too.
Oh one last thing… Just so you feel like you are cooking alle Nigelissima here is a little something to accompany you in the kitchen - buona salute e buon appetito!