We are back to regular cooking after all those delicious Thanksgiving leftovers. We made the most cheesy Italian herb orzo the other night to go with a rotisserie chicken for a super simple dinner, and it was so good. The recipe for this yummy side dish comes from the new cookbook: The Simple Kitchen.
It’s the new cookbook from my friend Donna and her husband Chad of The Slow Roasted Italian. In this family cookbook, they share MORE than 80 delicious recipes. Simple easy recipes the whole family will love. I can’t to try more recipes from her new book, because this creamy cheesy Italian herb orzo was so delicious!
Have you ever made orzo? It’s basically small rice shaped pasta that can be flavored so many different ways. It can be a side dish or served as a main dish. For this recipe you toast the orzo before you add the liquid. I love the added flavor when you toast (or sautee it first). What’s your favorite way to serve up orzo? You’ll have to give this recipe a try!
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 shallot, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup orzo pasta, uncooked (not the whole box)
- 2 cups chicken stock (reduced sodium)
- 1 cup half and half
- ½ cup freshly gated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat leaf Italian parsley
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium high heat. Add the shallot and cook until it becomes translucent, about 2 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the orzo to the skillet. Cook until orzo is lightly toasted and golden brown, 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the chicken stock and half and half. Stir, cover and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to a simmer and cook until the liquid is mostly absorbed, 8-9 minutes.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the pasta and stir until the cheese is melted.
- Add the fresh herbs and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
An added bonus I loved about this new cookbook from Donna are simple kitchen tips with a few of the recipes…for example: Do you know the best way to store flat leaf parsley in your fridge? You store it in a mason jar with the stems in water and a plastic bag loosely covering the top. I loved this tip! I have since tried this and my parsley is lasting so much longer in the fridge! In the book Donna shares this and so many other great kitchen helping tips.
If you have family and friends on your Christmas list who LOVE to cook, you’ve got to get them this cookbook… The Simple Kitchen. It will make such a great gift…they will love it!
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