Creamy Orzo with Prosciutto and Peas

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 eggs, at room temperature

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons olive oil 

4 ounces prosciutto, cut into 1/3-inch dice

2 shallots, chopped 

2 cups orzo pasta 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 

1 cup frozen peas, thawed 

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 


  1. Whisk together the eggs and Parmesan in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the prosciutto and cook until beginning to brown and get crispy, 4 minutes. Add the shallots and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until softened and fragrant, 2 minutes. Stir in the orzo and toast for 3 minutes. Add 3 1/4 cups water and the salt, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 8 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking. Stir in the tomatoes and peas. Cook until the orzo is al dente, another 3 minutes.
  3. Off the heat, add the egg mixture to the skillet while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until the sauce has thickened slightly and coats the pasta. Sprinkle with the basil and serve.