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Serves 6 (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Cremini mushrooms add bulk and flavor to this quick side dish of Orzo with Pecorino and Mushrooms.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook 1 minute or until lightly browned. Add mushrooms, pepper, and salt. Cook 4 minutes or until mushrooms release their liquid, stirring frequently. Add broth and vinegar; stir in orzo and chives. Top with cheese.

Step 3

Garlicky Spinach Prepare base recipe through step Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium heat; cook 1 minute or until browned. Add 4 cups spinach and 2 teaspoons minced garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in orzo; 1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese; 1/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth; 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar; 3/8 teaspoon salt; and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper. SERVES 6 (serving size: about 1/3 cup) CALORIES 48; FAT 81g (sat 04g); SODIUM 99mg

Step 4

Tarragon and Peas Prepare base recipe through step Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium heat; cook 1 minute or until lightly browned. Add 2 1/2 cups frozen peas; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Stir in orzo; 1/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth; 2 tablespoons minced tarragon leaves; 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice; 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; and 3/8 teaspoon salt. SERVES 6 (serving size: 1/2 cup) CALORIES 14; FAT 66g (sat 86g); SODIUM 21mg

Step 5

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Prepare base recipe through step Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to pan. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 1/4 cup pine nuts, and 1 teaspoon minced garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in orzo, 1/2 cup minced basil, 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 3/8 teaspoon salt. SERVES 6 (serving size: 1/2 cup) CALORIES 03; FAT 82g (sat 75g); SODIUM 09mg

Ratings & Reviews

Bethlyleshowell's Review

Bethlyleshowell
August 24, 2014
I prepared the Pecorino/Mushroom version of this and it was incredibly delicious (served with Grilled Flat Iron Steak and Grilled Broccoli). Everyone loved the hit the balsamic vinegar gave it! I'm going to have to try all versions of this for quick sides during the work week. Thanks so much for these inspirations!

seaside725's Review

daneanp
May 29, 2014
I made this with the garlicky spinach instead of the mushrooms. It was a quick, easy side dish that can be served with any meat. I served mine with a ham steak.

daneanp's Review

nylucy4
July 11, 2013
Really, really good and so easy. Can't wait to try the variations. We made the original recipe along with Traegered pork chops and steamed green beans. Perfect!

MimiGatt's Review

seaside725
May 21, 2013
SPECTACULAR! Made this last night with rack of lamb YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MaryAnnPayne's Review

MimiGatt
May 12, 2013
This is good, fresh, easy to make & great with grilled chicken or fish. Not for special occasion but for good evening meal side or main dish.

nylucy4's Review

MaryAnnPayne
April 16, 2013
was good, but not great. probably wouldn't bother making again.