Monday, April 23, 2012

Ruthie's Orzo Made Heidi's Way

My Mom made the best Orzo.  Now, I make the best orzo.  And I have a complicated way of doing it AND an easy way.  Interestingly enough, the healthy one is WAY easy and still WAY yummy. 

1 tsp grapeseed oil {or olive}
1/2 sweet onion chopped
3 slices bacon crumbled {I had Hormel "real" bacon crumbles tonight cause I'm a cheater!}
2 cups Orzo {I used whole wheat tonight}
2 cups Chicken broth
2 tsp granulated garlic
sea salt to finish {approximately 1 tsp}

Heat oil in saute pan over medium high heat; add onion and saute until soft about 4 minutes, add bacon and saute another minute before adding Orzo.  Stir until orzo is lightly coated and combined with onion and bacon.  Stir over heat for 2-3 minutes before adding the broth.  Bring broth to a boil, add garlic and then reduce heat to a LOW simmer and cover.  It will be done in about twenty minutes but if you turn to warm it can sit for an hour and still be FABULOUS.  Right before serving sprinkle with sea salt, I use the grinder kind.

I served with sauteed chicken with asparagus and zuchini.  YUM.  Gotta love a thirty minute meal after a busy day!

p.s. I'll share the COMPLICATED one some weekend <3

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  1. Looks fabulous!! After years of smoking up the kitchen I finally figured out to cook bacon in the oven. SO much easier and mess-free. Me = Dumb. LOL

    1. I find there's even less smoke when I tear open that little bag on "real" bacon.... LOL <3

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  3. I love that you have an easy and a complicated method. Can't wait to see what the complicated one is :-)

  4. I truly have to start trying orzo - it seems to be the new 'it' ingredient :)
    Love your recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Delicious, simple and quick - perfect for a busy week night!

  6. I think there are just not enough recipes out there using orzo. This looks simple and delicious! Thank you!

  7. That sounds absolutely wonderful!!

  8. I've never made orzo, but this looks amazing!