Toby's Orzo

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Toby Jermain

I was looking for a rice substitute one afternoon and came up with this pasta dish. This is a very nice 'company' dish, looks pretty impressive for a real easy dish.

Top Review by OhMyStars

Even using low sodium ingredients where possible, this was still pretty salty I thought. It was easy though, and used a nice combination of tastes and textures. Next time I will up the orzo and peas, I think, to "soak up" some of the saltiness. The presentation was nice and it will make a good side for company. Thanks for sharing!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thoroughly mix chicken broth, water, soy sauce, and onion soup mix, and set aside.
  2. Saute mushrooms in 1 Tbsp olive oil over high heat until they give up their moisture and most of it has evaporated.
  3. Add to broth mixture.
  4. In same pan, heat butter and/or olive oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add orzo, and stir to coat with oil.
  6. Saute, stirring almost constantly, until pasta just begins to brown.
  7. Add onion and garlic, and continue to saute until onion is translucent and some pasta grains are very lightly browned.
  8. Add chicken broth mixture, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 6-7 minutes, until pasta is partially cooked but still fairly firm.
  9. Taste, and adjust salt and pepper as necessary.
  10. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray or grease with a little olive oil.
  11. Transfer pasta and all remaining ingredients to casserole, toss to thoroughly combine, cover with foil, and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
  12. Uncover, and bake for 10 minutes longer.
  13. This doubles nicely for a larger group, but add about an extra 1/2 cup of broth or water to the liquid.

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