Mushroom Orzo Recipe: 30 Minute Meal

What’s for dinner? Chances are you’ve asked yourself that question at least once already today, especially if you’re a working parent and time isn’t always on your side. Luckily, Queens Mamas is here to help! Here’s a quick and easy recipe for mushroom orzo, a healthy and delicious meal for the whole family.

Ingredients:

  • Butter: about 1 stick
  • Olive oil: approximately 2 tablespoons
  • Onion: about ½ of a large onion (yellow or white), diced
  • Unsalted chicken broth (so you can add salt later on): 1 ½ cups
  • Garlic: about 4 pieces, mashed or minced
  • Onion soup mix: I use approximately ½ a packet, just make sure you shake it up prior to opening it and mixing it in
  • MUSHROOMS!  The more the merrier, I say, but you can tweak this to suit your taste.  I used an entire package.  YUM!
  • Orzo pasta: approximately 1 ½ cup

Mamas Helpful Tips:

  • Because butter tends to burn when all alone, mixing in the olive oil will prevent it from burning
  • You can also substitute the ½ cup of broth with white wine if you have it handy

Steps:

  1. Melt the butter and about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large and deep pan.
  2. Add the onions and the mushrooms.  I like large and small pieces of mushrooms, so I slice some and dice (not super small) the rest.  Don’t forget the mashed garlic!  Sautee until lightly browned.
  3. Add the Orzo, the onion soup mix and the chicken broth.
  4. Stir it up and bring to a slight boil.  Reduce the heat to low after boiling and cook an additional 7-10 minutes, depending on how you prefer your pasta.  I like mine on the softer side, so about 9-10 minutes usually does the trick.
  5. Boil away….and try VERY hard to stop from salivating due to wonderful smells emanating from your kitchen. It’ll be difficult, but definitely worth it in the end. Not to mention, it’s probably a health hazard. This is what the finished product will look like:

 

This is a meal you can put on the table in 30 minutes or less, and that’s including the prep time needed to chop your ingredients. If your family isn’t crazy about mushrooms, you can substitute other vegetables. You may need to adjust the cooking time, depending on the substitutions. This meal is really versatile, and once you try it, you’ll be adding it to your cooking arsenal in no time.

 

 

Irina DeDomenico