Basmati Rice Pilaf with Prosciutto, Garbanzo Beans and Orzo
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 ounces sliced prosciutto, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup 1/4-inch-diced carrot
- 1/4 cup 1/4-inch-diced red and green bell peppers, seeded and membrane removed
- 1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
- 1 cup orzo pasta
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 bay leaf
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/4 cup sliced scallions
- 2 tablespoons torn fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons torn fresh mint leaves
Bring the oil to medium-high heat in a medium, heavy-bottomed pot with a tightly fitting lid. Add the prosciutto and crisp until it is lightly golden and the fat renders, about 1 minute. Add the carrots, peppers and onions and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the orzo and rice. Toast until the grains are all evenly coated with oil, about 3 minutes.
Pour the broth and lemon juice into the same pot. Bring to a boil. Add the garbanzos and bay leaf and stir to combine. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the orzo and rice are tender. Remove from the heat once the liquid is fully absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.
Let the pilaf stand, covered, for 5 full minutes. Fluff with two forks, remove the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the scallions and serve garnished with the basil and mint leaves.
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