I actually wrote this Recipe for my column ” Quick bite” in the Leicester mercury about 6 weeks ago when Broad Beans and peas were at the peak of their season but Ive decided to share this now still as I love this dish and regular make it.
Peas are still around at the moment ( August ) and you should still find some Broad beans as they sometimes can go on till September. If for some reason you can’t get them now, Courgettes will be a good substitute.
Here is what I wrote before:
Broad beans and Peas are in the height of their season at the moment so I wanted to show you a different way of cooking these lovely pulses.
Broad beans and peas as baby first pickings, like I had, should be enjoyed for their flavour so you shouldn’t by any means over cook them. Im growing both in my kitchen Garden, so if you are too, this is even more fantastic.
Ive teamed them up in this recipe with Orzo which is a great little pasta shape, sometimes confused for being a grain almost like rice. I use this quite a lot in cooking as its light, very quick to prepare and most things will go with it. Plus, it’s great to have as a salad the next day for lunch.
Ive also teamed these seasonal beauties with some added bacon, one for colour and the saltiness it gives will bounce off the sweetness of the peas.
I also find that this dish is very refreshing so you won’t feel heavy after it.
So if you’re unsure of a way to cook broad beans and you’re not quite sure wether you like them, have an abundance of fresh peas or even if you have a packet of orzo in your cupboard gathering dust, do this recipe now.
Orzo with bacon, broad beans and peas:
(Serves 2 approximately for a light lunch)
- 3 handfuls of Orzo ( you won’t need a lot, it goes a long way )
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 2 rashers of bacon thinly sliced
- 2-3 spring onions chopped
- 8-10 seasonal (British) Broad beans podded (I double podded half )
- A good handful of seasonal (British) fresh peas podded
- Small amount of Chicken stock (100-150ml) just to taste
- Small handful of flat leaf parsley chopped
- Pea shoots to finish if you have them and even you can use Broad bean shoots in this too
- A good few turns on the pepper mill for some Cracked Black pepper to season
- Cook Orzo to packet instructions ( normally only takes 5-6 minutes )
- Fry off the Bacon for a couple of minutes till its starts to crisp and turn a golden colour.
- Add your Garlic and Spring onions, cook and stir for about another minute.
- Pop in your fresh broad beans and peas and cook for a bout a minute or two, not allowing your garlic to burn.
- Add your chicken stock, stir, reduce down after a minute or two and then add your parsley and seasoning.
* Make a final stir, taste, add your shoots if you have them, serve and dive in there.