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    Toasted Orzo With Peas and Parmesan

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    29 mins

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    19 mins

    Vino Girl's Note:

    From Cook's Illustrated. This is supposed to be a side dish, but I would also consider serving this as a light meatless entree.

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    1. 1
      Heat butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add onion and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until onion has softened and is beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    3. 3
      Add orzo and cook, stirring frequently, until most of orzo is lightly browned and golden, 5 to 6 minutes.
    4. 4
      Turn off heat and add vermouth and chicken broth.
    5. 5
      Go back to medium-high heat and bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until all liquid has been absorbed and orzo is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
    6. 6
      Gently stir in peas, cheese, nutmeg, and pepper to taste.
    7. 7
      Remove from heat and let it stand until peas are heated through, about 2 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 23, 2006


      I made it exactly as described and neither I nor hubby liked it one bit. We ended up throwing the whole batch in the trash. I'm not sure why, maybe the combination of flavors clashed too much for it to be our thing - this dish has way too much going on, with each flavor trying to overpower the other.

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    • on August 25, 2012


      I did not like this recipe and ended up throwing it out. I think it would be much better without the wine. When you cook with wine and don't allow the alcohol to burn off, it can give the food a very strange taste. Next time I will make this without the wine.

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    • on November 05, 2011


      Just what I was looking for. Five kids and two adults give it a thumbs up!

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    Nutritional Facts for Toasted Orzo With Peas and Parmesan

    Serving Size: 1 (250 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 357.6
    Calories from Fat 72
    Total Fat 8.0 g
    Saturated Fat 4.3 g
    Cholesterol 18.6 mg
    Sodium 478.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 51.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
    Sugars 4.2 g
    Protein 16.1 g

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