This Recipe For Mushroom Infused Orzo Is Fantastic

Orzo dish with mushrooms
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Add a new element to your pasta game with this fantastic recipe for mushroom-infused orzo, a dish that combines the earthy richness of mushrooms with the comforting simplicity of orzo pasta. With its delightful blend of savory flavors and creamy texture, this dish is a must-try for any home cook. Here’s how you can make it.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms, sliced (such as cremini or button mushrooms)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  2. Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet, along with the dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are golden brown and tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring the vegetable broth to a simmer in a separate saucepan. Add the orzo pasta to the skillet with the mushrooms, stirring to combine.
  4. Gradually pour the simmering vegetable broth into the skillet, a ladleful at a time, stirring frequently. Allow the orzo to absorb the broth before adding more, similar to risotto. Continue cooking the orzo until it is al dente and has absorbed most of the broth, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese until melted and well incorporated. Remove the skillet from heat and garnish your dish with freshly chopped parsley, if desired. Serve the orzo hot as a side dish or enjoy it as a satisfying main course.