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Garlic Parmesan Orzo
September 12, 2016, 3:25 am
Filed under: Dinner, Pasta, Side Dishes

Introduction:

I love orzo and am always looking for new recipes. This one isn’t the favorite of the three or so I have on my blog now, but it’s pretty good and adds some variety into the orzo recipe mix.

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked orzo

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 cups spinach, finely chopped

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tbspn milk

salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions:

1. Cook orzo, following the directions on the package.

2. In a large pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add garlic, cooking for 4 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat and add the chopped spinach and cook for a minute, allowing to wilt.

3. Next add the orzo, milk, parmesan, salt and pepper. I choose to add the parmesan last to allow it to melt into the other, already mixed ingredients.

Comments:

I rated it a 2 only because of my comments up front. Remember, this blog is recipes I want to keep. So, I 2 is pretty good. It was a bit bland compared to the other recipes I have, but really easy to make and next time I’d probably try adding mushrooms or veggies to the mix.

Our Home Rating? 2/5 bites

Source: http://www.livinglou.com/2011/08/garlic-parmesan-orzo.html

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Cheddar and Broccoli Orzo
July 14, 2014, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Pasta, Side Dishes | Tags: , ,

Introduction:

I love orzo! This recipe caught my eye because it had veggies right in it. Saves me some cooking!

Ingredients:

1 cup orzo pasta

1 tablespoon butter

1 1/4 cup chick broth, divided

1 cup water

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup frozen broccoli florets, thawed and finely chopped

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tablespoon flour

 

Instructions:

1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add orzo and stir until some of the pasta is brown.

2. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper in. Pour in 1 cup broth. Stir until liquid is absorbed.

3. Pour in water in 1/2 cup intervals, stirring until water is absorbed and pasta becomes tender.

4. In a separate pan over low heat, add 1/4 cup broth, milk, and cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Spoon 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture into a small bowl and stir in flower until dissolved. Pour thickener into the pot of melted cheese.

5. Once the orzo is tender, add in chopped broccoli and melted cheese sauce.

6. Adjust seasoning if needed and add more broth to get desired consistency.

Comments:

I used fresh broccoli instead of frozen and put it into the pot a bit earlier so that it cooked while the rice was cooking. It turned out fine.

Our Home Rating? 4/5 bites

Source: Pinterest via http://www.petitfoodie.com/cheddar-and-broccoli-orzo/



Sauteed Fiddleheads
May 20, 2012, 5:04 am
Filed under: Side Dishes, Vegetables

Introduction:

Fiddleheads are the curled, edible shoots of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris). They are considered a seasonal delicacy in many parts of Canada. Fiddleheads are collected in the wild, sold as a seasonal vegetable or served in restaurants. They are a source of Omega 3 and Omega 6. As well, fiddleheads are high in iron and fibre.

Information on the internet suggests fiddleheads can be a cause of foodborne illnesses and should be boiled for 15 minutes or steamed for 10 to 12 minutes before eating, sautéing, frying, baking or making other foods (e.g. soups, casseroles) using fiddleheads.

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh Fiddleheads

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp minced garlic (or fresh)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Boil Fiddleheads in a pot of water for 15 minutes (or steam for 10 to 12 minutes). Drain.

2. Heat butter in a pan. Add minced garlic to melted butter and stir. Add Fiddleheads. Saute Fiddleheads until the ferns are tinged lightly brown and tender, about 5 minutes.

3. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve.

Comments:

Interesting, tasty vegetable.

Our Home Rating? 3/5 bites

Source:



Orzo Pilaf with Mushrooms
May 20, 2012, 4:54 am
Filed under: Pasta, Side Dishes | Tags: , ,

Introduction:

I love orzo!! This is a good, easy recipe.

Ingredients:

2 tbspns olive oil

1 onion, chopped

8 oz mushrooms, sliced

2 cups canned low-salt chicken broth

1 cup orzo

3 tbspns pinenuts, toasted

Instructions:

1. Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and mushrooms and sauté until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

2. Add broth and bring to boil. Stir in orzo. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until orzo is tender and has absorbed all liquid, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Stir in pine nuts. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Comments:

I like to add a 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese as well and stir it in about the same time as the pine nuts.

Our Home Rating? 3.5/5 bites

Source: http://www.epicurious.com