Creamy Parmesan Orzo

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Creamy Parmesan Orzo
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Sat, 06-06-2009 - 9:57pm

from Cooking Light (2004)

Creamy Parmesan Orzo

Unlike traditional pasta, this orzo isn't cooked in a pot of boiling water. Instead, it's cooked slowly in a flavorful broth that captures its starch.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1 cup orzo
* 1 1/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
* 1 1/4 cups water
* 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 4 teaspoons pine nuts, toasted

Preparation

Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add orzo, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and orzo is done (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in cheese, basil, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with the pine nuts. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories:
236 (24% from fat)
Fat:
6.4g (sat 3.2g,mono 1.8g,poly 0.8g)
Protein:
9.9g
Carbohydrate:
34.8g
Fiber:
1.7g
Cholesterol:
12mg
Iron:
1.8mg
Sodium:
412mg
Calcium:
82mg

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ethan5luke3sig

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Registered: 05-29-2002
Sat, 06-06-2009 - 10:02pm

This was so yummy, too! Much better than prepackaged pasta. It's kind of like a Rice-a-Roni, but no rice. It was JUST as easy to make, too.

Oh, and if you wanted to leave out of reduce the amount of butter, I think you could.




Edited 6/6/2009 10:03 pm ET by dolly_foxburr
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