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Old 01-07-2008, 06:50 PM   #1
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Orzo, what's your favorite way...

... to prepare this as a side dish? I don't do mushrooms and I don't do olives. I know a lot of people say treat it as you were preparing a rice side dish... I don't like rice at all so I don't prepare anything with it if I can help it. (I have a 7 layer chicken and chese casserole that calls for rice and that's the ONLY time I'll eat it and like it ) I'd like it to be as healthy as possible. Plan on it as a side for probably chicken breast as that's what I eat 90% of the time. Wouldn't mind some ideas as a main dish also.

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Old 01-07-2008, 06:59 PM   #2
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Cook the orzo till tender, drain, then put back in the pot. Turn the burner on low. Add at LEAST a half a stick of butter to the pot, and stir to melt. Add a 14 ounce can of chopped tomatoes, drained. Season with salt, garlic powder, pepper and DILL (dried or fresh).

Absolutely delicious! Can be made with any small pasta shape and is excellent comfort food when you, or someone else, needs it.

I make it instead of chicken soup for sick people. When they can't or won't eat anything else, they eat this.


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Old 01-07-2008, 07:11 PM   #3
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du doesn't like it because he says it looks like maggots. Very wierd. There is a soup I like with orzo, corn, chicken and lemon. I think its posted somewhere. Not a side dish but still tasty.
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Old 01-07-2008, 07:43 PM   #4
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I use orzo in my chicken soup. Here are two recipes that my family enjoys -

Orzo with Peas
1-1/2 c uncooked orzo
1 c frozen peas
3 T unsalted butter
1 t fresh oregano
½ c feta cheese (I use parm)
2 t fresh lemon juice
½ t grated lemon zest

Cook orzo, stirring occasionally, 9 minutes. Stir in peas and return to boil then drain.
Toss with butter and oregano until butter melts.
Add cheese, lemon juice and zest.

Orzo and Chicken and Asiago
1 c water
1 can chicken broth
12 oz skinned, boned chicken cut into cubes
1-1/2 c uncooked orzo
1 c frozen peas
½ c (2 oz) grated asiago cheese
¼ t dried herbs, basil, oregano, or rosemary

Combine water and broth - bring to boil.
Add chicken and orzo, bring to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 12 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in peas, ½ c cheese, s and p and herbs. Top with remaining cheese.
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:08 PM   #5
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I have a really good orzo recipe with lemon, butter, green onions & italian parsley. No meat or cheese in it, so it makes a nice side dish.
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:49 PM   #6
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love orzo cooked with broth, tomatoes, saffron and a drizzle of white wine, and veggies sauteed like squash and mushrooms. add chicken if you want meat to all this.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:31 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, got some good ideas, definitly going to try the orzo, chicken and asiago, sounds yummy!
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:27 PM   #8
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I have one more for ya . . . grill some zucchini & squash. Cut them up into bite sized pieces. Mix in with cooked orzo, fresh lemon juice (to taste), mint & roasted pine nuts. You could also add some grilled chicken breast to make it a main dish. YUM-O!
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:48 PM   #9
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Have you ever tried Orzo Risotto? Do a search of Google. I like it better the reg. Risotto. I've been craving it lately! It's soooooo yummy!!
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:13 PM   #10
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i just googled it cos i was thinking WHAT in the world is Orzo LOL apparetnyl its barley hahaha

but i also saw this

Greek Orzo Salad - Allrecipes
"Greek Orzo Salad - Orzo pasta is tossed with artichoke hearts, cucumber, feta, tomato, olives and a zesty dressing"
i couldn't see what else it says cos naturally it is blocked at work :)

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