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    Creamy Italian Orzo

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    25 mins

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    Adopted Parisian's Note:

    Orzo is a small Italian pasta that looks very much like rice. This dish is a fabulous blend of creaminess which gently balances the punch of the onion and garlic. Peas and cremini mushrooms are an added surprise in this dish that can be eaten as a side or a main course.

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    1. 1
      Bring a salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the orzo and cook until tender but still al dente (slightly firm), stirring often, about 8 minutes. Drain, saving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile, heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, mushrooms and garlic, and saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the half and half and peas. Add the orzo and toss to coat. Remove pan from heat. Add parmesan to pasta mixture.
    3. 3
      Stir pasta mixture until the sauce coats the pasta thickly, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to maintain a creamy consistency. Season the orzo with desired amount of salt, and serve hot.
    4. 4
      Chunks of chicken or shrimp could be added if you choose to serve this as a main dish.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 18, 2013


      Excellent side dish. Made half the recipe, DH ate three servings and the last one before bed. Served with Balsamic chicken Thighs (71557).

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    • on December 07, 2006


      I added a little pepper and other spices, but great recipe overall. Thanks for sharing ;)

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    • on February 15, 2006

      Nice flavor, but milder than expected. 1 pound made enough to feed an army! I would say it was 12 servings, not 8. Next time I would decrease the orzo to ½ lb and increase the garlic. Despite using high quality parmegiano reggiano, it still needed quite a bit of salt and pepper. It was easy to prepare and worth making again with some adjustments.

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    Nutritional Facts for Creamy Italian Orzo

    Serving Size: 1 (167 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 370.2
    Calories from Fat 110
    Total Fat 12.2 g
    Saturated Fat 5.5 g
    Cholesterol 24.9 mg
    Sodium 213.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 49.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
    Sugars 3.0 g
    Protein 14.5 g

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