I'm always on the search for some side dishes that come together quick and on the flavorful side. This dish has some of my favorites - baby bellas, orzo pasta, thyme and a splash of wine! From start to finish this Quick Mushroom Orzo Pasta can be on your table in under 30 minutes. How's that for easy? Just saute some chicken and add a side vegetable and your entire dinner can be ready in that time too! Because having a quick dinner means you have time to do other stuff you love especially if you get help on clean up detail :)
I'm not sure how your nights go, but mine is usually work, come home, make dinner and then "me" time. That could include just plopping on the couch and watching some favorite shows, maybe editing some photos and post writing, catching up with some other social media stuff or reading a good book. This time of year once I'm home, I'm staying put. The winter is too cold and dark to be running out - I save errand running for my day off on Fridays. Most weekends we spend seeing family and hanging out with the grand kids, dinner with friends or occasionally a movie. Life is busy so having quick meals to make is the best.
I also had a thought - what if you wanted to make this a complete one dish meal? Just saute some chopped chicken in the skillet (in step 2) then proceed with the mushrooms as stated. I'm thinking having chicken pieces in the rice would be delicious! And remember I mentioned have some veggies on the side? Well, I've been enjoying my spiralizer attachment on my Kitchen Aid and spiralizing zucchini, then popping them in the microwave with a bit of olive oil and S&P for about 3 1/2 minutes. So fresh and healthy! Hope you enjoy this dinner idea.
Quick Mushroom Orzo Pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2o minutes
Yield 4 side dishes
Inspired by: A Family Feast
Inspired by: A Family Feast
- 16 ounces chicken stock
- 3/4 cup dry orzo pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
- 11/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- 2 scallions thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
- 2 tablespoons dry wine wine (I used Chardonnay)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Fresh parmesan cheese slivers if desired
- In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil then add orzo to the broth and cook until al dente – approximately 10 minutes.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add quartered mushrooms and sauté, stirring frequently until golden brown but still on the firm side
- Add thyme and scallions to the skillet and cook, stirring for about 1 minute.
- Add wine and cook until it is reduced by about half
- Drain the orzo in a colander that has been placed in a large bowl and save remaining chicken broth leftover from the cooking process to use for the sauce.
- Add the cooked orzo to the skillet with the mushroom mixture, along with ¼ cup of the reserved chicken stock from cooking the pasta. Over high heat, simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated.
- Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; add some fresh parmesan slivers if desired
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