Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Make it: Vegetable Orzo Risotto

In the future I want to minimise my intake of pasta and rice. I have now this idea, and just as went I decided to quit smoking it took me a while to actually go for it. 
So meanwhile while I think about it and fully take the decision here is a yummy recipe. The base is similar to a classic risotto but made with orzo. Very filling, not very light but a great one dish meal for lunch. 
Modified recipe from here

Vegetable Orzo Risotto

Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 400 grams orzo
  • 1 bunch of asparagus (cut in small pieces)
  • 3 large leeks, thinly sliced (only the white)
  • 150 grams mushrooms (cut in slices)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • vegetable stock (I use 1 cube, you can make it of course)
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped small
  • 1 chilly (not pictured) chopped small
  • salt, pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese (grated to taste)

  • Prepare all your vegetables. Slice very thinly the leeks (I used the mandolin and worked really well), cut the mushrooms, asparagus, chilly and garlic.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan, be generous, it needs to cover the whole pan fully. Throw in the leeks, chilly and garlic and stir well over medium-high heat, cook for about 4-5 minutes until the leeks soften. Add mushrooms and asparagus and cook for 5 more minutes until the mushrooms have released most of their liquid.
  • Add orzo to the mix and mix well for a minute, add white wine. Once most of the liquid is absorb add in slowly the previously heated vegetable broth, stir until all the liquid is absorbed. Keep adding broth (in 1/2 cups instalments) and stirring until the pasta is cooked al dente.
  • Season with salt and pepper and lemon juice. Take it out of the heat and let it seat for a few minutes.
  • Serve warm with grated parmesan cheese


  1. yum! i've always wanted to try risotto! http://seniweeklyeats.blogpost.com/2013/10/the-little-things.html

  2. This looks delicious! Anything with orzo is one of my favorite weeknight meals to make!


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