We give quick-cooking orzo pasta the risotto treatment—toasting the grains first, then slowly incorporating hot liquid until creamy and starchy—for a comforting "orzotto." The rich egg yolk ties it all together.

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Credit: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-low. Keep warm.

  • Heat butter and 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add onion and leeks; sauté 10 minutes. Add orzo; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine; cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates. Add 2/3 cup warm stock to pan; cook 3 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Add remaining stock, 2/3 cup at a time, stirring occasionally until each portion is absorbed before adding more. Remove pan from heat; stir in parsley, 3 tablespoons chives, 1/4 cup Parmesan, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Crack eggs into pan; cook 2 minutes. Cover and cook 2 more minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Divide orzo mixture among 4 bowls; top each serving with an egg. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 tablespoon chives, remaining Parmesan, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and lemon rind.

Nutrition Facts

432 calories; fat 18g; saturated fat 6g; protein 20g; carbohydrates 44g; fiber 9g; sugars 6g; sodium 586mg.