I belong to a CSA and often am faced with the question of what to do with all of the fennel! Since leeks were in the share this week, this recipe was worth a try. I made it exactly as it was stated in the recipe and it was delicious! My husband and I loved it and I will definitely make it again. I usually shy away from risotto recipes because they require so much of my time at the stove, but this orzo risotto cooked up more quickly than most. I recommend saving this recipe to make on a weekend or when you are not working. I served it with Bourbon Smoked Chicken (CL 8/11) and steamed fresh green beans. It was a great meal to have for the first cool August evening of the summer.
Pasta Risotto with Fennel
SuzanneZ Posted: 08/13/11
Belladonna714 Posted: 08/23/11
This was just ok. I used Wegmans garlic cheese butter, whole wheat orzo and Gouda cheese b/c its all I had on hand. The orzo took almost 30 minutes to cook and the leek/fennel mixture burned after about 6 minutes. The final product was a little bland and just tasted one dimensional. On a positive note this was quite filling, but thats probably b/c i used whole wheat pasta. I served this with a side salad. I would not make this again.