Friday, November 20, 2015
Orzo Garden Pilaf
Orzo is a pasta that looks like rice grains. I found this recipe of Ellie Krieger, where she made a pilaf using orzo. Instead of cooking the pasta the usual pasta way , she cooks it the way you usually cook the rice for pilaf.
Its called a garden pilaf maybe because it has all the lovely vegetables ,which are easily available. I served it with some fried chicken . Unfortunately I didnt have low sodium chicken broth, so used a regular chicken stock dissolved in hot water.
Recipe : Orzo Garden Pilaf recipe slightly adapted version of Ellie Krieger's Orzo Garden Salad recipe.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups hot water
1 chicken stock cube
1 small zucchini, chopped into small cubes
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup orzo pasta.
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
Heat olive oil in a saucepan and add the onions and then cook till softened. Add orzo and stir to coat the grains in the oil. Add hot stock ( that is dissolve the stock cube in hot water ) and pinch of salt.
Bring to a quick boil, then simmer gently, till the orzo is cooked through , and half the water evaporates.
Add the zucchini and tomatoes, cover and cook over a low heat for about 3 minutes or so. Make sure you keep an eye on it as it might catch on the bottom once the water evaporates.
Remove the lid and stir in lemon juice , pasta. Have a little taste and season for your taste,
Linking this over to IHCC's theme for this week " Sentsational Sides".