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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/

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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