Risotto-Style Orzo

2016-04-05 19.05.19RECIPE #216, DAY #284

ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Cheesy Orzo” from Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals 2*

TIMING: 25 minutes

DIFFICULTY: Easy, as long as you don’t mess it up

TOOLS: Pretty much just a medium-large sauce pan

COOK TYPE: Stovetop

HEALTH: I can’t claim that this dish is going to add much nutritionally to any meal. It will probably get your kids(or picky eaters who enjoy bland, starchy foods) a little fuller. It’s also not the worst side dish you could make. White food.

2016-04-05 19.11.12EXPERIENCE: My first 30 minute meal from the cookbook I have borrowed from the library while my books are in storage and our lives are a tad insane.

This side dish was crazy easy to make, but I have many reservations about recommending it. I mean, we ate it (at least with the gravy from the pork chops). But it was such a gummy mess (which I knew it would be, based on the unconventional-for-pasta cooking technique). You could never really serve it as leftovers, as it becomes a gelatinous blob in about 15 minutes. It’s not pretty. It’s not fancy. And, as stated above, it doesn’t add much nutritionally.

But

NOTES: It might elevate this a little to substitute some dry, white wine for some of the stock and also to add lemon zest. Finish it off with lemon juice and a handful of green peas at the end and drizzle with a nice “EVOO.” Parsley to garnish really is a must.

Still don’t know if the gummy is worth it.

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  1. Heat a medium-large sauce pan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and minced 1/2 onion and saute until translucent. Add 2 cloves sliced garlic and saute 1 more minute.
  2. Add 4 cups chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, add 2 cups orzo, stir, and cover securely. Cook 15 minutes until pasta is done and liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in 1/2 cup grated Parmesan. Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately, garnished with plenty of parsley.

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Serve immediately with Pork Chops with Gravy and Balsamic Glazed Veggies or with chicken parm or piccata or marsala. At least, not during a fancy Italian meal.

*Recipe has been changed from the original.

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