Toasted Orzo With Peas and Parmesan

READY IN: 29mins
Recipe by Vino Girl

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

Top Review by CIndytc

We loved this is so easy and it looks so fancy, I used the 3 color orzo and it looked and tasted wonderful.

Ingredients Nutrition


  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. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add orzo and cook, stirring frequently, until most of orzo is lightly browned and golden, 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat and add vermouth and chicken broth.
  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. Gently stir in peas, cheese, nutmeg, and pepper to taste.
  7. Remove from heat and let it stand until peas are heated through, about 2 minutes.

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