Orzo with a buttery cheese sauce
I was absolutely delighted last week to find out that my local Morrisons had started to stock orzo pasta. They usually only stretch to spaghetti, penne or fusilli so I was well impressed. For those not familiar with orzo, its pasta shaped like large grains of rice and when cooked has a firm but creamy consistency – a bit like risotto but slightly firmer. It works really well with creamy oozy sauces like the one below and is very moreish. Paired with a glass of wine and a good movie, it was comfort food heaven and made for a lovely Saturday night in.
3 cups chicken stock
150g dried orzo pasta
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat a medium sized saucepan and add the butter, once it melts add the orzo and cook it for about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly to stop it from sticking until it develops a brown nutty colour. Add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and let it cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the orzo is fully cooked and the chicken stock has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and stir in the grated parmesan and check for seasoning.