Orzotto

TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
YIELD:
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo or pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup dry white or red wine
  • 3 cups chicken stock, beef stock, or low-sodium broth
  • 1/2 to 1 cup vegetables
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese
  • Fresh herbs or other aromatics
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Vinegar or lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Orzotto Variations, recipes follow
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      Directions

      In a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and saute until fragrant and translucent. Add the orzo or barley and toast for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the wine and cook until absorbed.

      Gradually add the stock, stirring frequently. Bring to a simmer and cover; cook for 8 to 10 minutes until the liquid is almost absorbed and orzo or barley is tender. Remove from heat.

      Stir in the vegetables, grated cheese, fresh herbs or aromatics, heavy cream, and vinegar. Season the orzotto with salt and pepper and serve.

      Orzotto Variations:

      Lemon-Asparagus Orzotto: add 1/2 cup steamed diced fresh asparagus, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and zest from 1/2 lemon.

      Mushroom-Orzotto: 1 cup wild or culitvated mushrooms. Substitute chicken or beef stock with mushroom stock. Add 3/4 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme leaves and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

      Sweet Corn with Bacon Orzotto: Add 1/2 cup sweet corn, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon.

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      • on August 16, 2012

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        This was easy and good!

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      • on June 12, 2011

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        This was easy peasy like she said and very quick. It is very versatile as I used asparagus and ran out of chicken broth (only had 14 oz) but it was still great with water added in place of the remainder broth I needed. I had this with the salmon dish in the same episode and my husband said twice how good the meal was. Will definitely be making again.

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      • on June 10, 2011

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        My family loved this. This will become a standard in my kitchen. I did not have wine, so I substituted some extra broth and also used half and half instead of heavy cream. Turned out great. Thanks.

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