Simple recipes: Orzo Pasta.

posted on: Monday, October 24, 2011

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For Jen’s baby shower I made this simple orzo pasta. I have had similar pastas before and looked up a few recipes, but with ingredients like pine nuts, fresh basil, fresh arugula, and dried cherries it was getting pretty pricey. Adam and I are on a budget, so I took some things out and swapped in some ingredients that I love that wouldn’t be too hard on our wallets!

You will need:

Orzo pasta. (I made a pound and had tons of leftovers)

Dried cherries.

Slivered almonds.

One lemon. (The fruit kind, not the Liz kind.)

Arugula.

Olive oil, salt & pepper.

Put it all together:

Cook up your orzo per the instructions on the box. Just remember, big pan and lots of water. I’ve never cooked orzo before and on the first shot, I didn’t use enough water or a big enough pan. It was a disaster!

Once drained, spread out your cooked orzo on a baking sheet or casserole dish, toss with enough olive oil to coat and let it cool.

Preheat oven to 350. Lay out your slivered almonds on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for a couple minutes at a time. I wouldn’t leave the oven until they’re done toasting because they will go from toasted to burnt VERY quickly. Once they start to get a bit golden in color, remove them from the oven.

In a separate bowl, add in the juice of one lemon(about a tablespoon), dried cherries(as many as you’d like, I like a lot in mine, but it’s totally by preference), toasted almonds and arugula if you’re serving immediately. If you’re waiting to serve at a party, like I did, bring the arugula along and add it once you get there to prevent wilting.

Once the pasta is cooled, add the lemon mix to the orzo. Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can also add feta to the mix, which would have been delicious too. That’s it!

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Simple, fresh, delicious.