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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Orzo & Bacon

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts {with Orzo & Bacon}.

Thought I’d take Roasted Brussels Sprouts in a little different direction, by pan roasting them, then tossing them with crispy bacon and orzo, and topping with toasted panko breadcrumbs.  I’m really glad I did. 

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts {with Orzo & Bacon}
Serves: 4
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup orzo, uncooked
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 Tbl. butter
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and all but 1 Tbl. bacon drippings. Add Brussels sprouts to pan cut side down. Allow to sear 5-6 minutes until browned.
  2. Stir in uncooked orzo, and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes until orzo is tender. Add additional water if necessary. Remove from heat and season with sliced scallions, crumbled bacon, salt & pepper.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl and cover to keep warm.
  4. In same skillet melt butter over medium heat, add panko and cook 3-4 minutes until lightly browned. Pour crumbs over Brussels sprouts and serve.

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