Orzo Pilaf with Onions & Basil

Orzo, which means barley in Italian, resembles large grains of rice, but it’s actually a pasta. However, because of its shape, it can be successfully treated like a grain, as in this pilaf.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup (4-1/2 ounces) orzo
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1. In a medium nonstick saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, shallots, and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are golden brown and tender, about 10 minutes.

    2. Stir in the orzo. Add the broth, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until the orzo is tender.

    3. Stir in the peas and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil and Parmesan.

    Nutritional Information
    Per serving: 220 calories, 6.5g total fat (1.8g saturated), 5mg cholesterol, 3g dietary fiber (.6g soluble), 33g carbohydrate, 8g protein, 639mg sodium.
    Good source of: folate, quercetin, thiamin.

    Date Published: 09/19/2005 > Printer-friendly Version

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