Lemon & Garlic Orzo Pasta

Rose Mary Mogan

By
@cookinginillinois

My daughter Briana surprised me & came home on yesterday, & because she & her boyfriend loves Pasta & LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN SO MUCH, I created this dish for them to compliment the chicken.

I have several version of this recipe that I make from time to time, & no matter which version I make it is always good.

The flavors are awesome, & this dish is so tasty & full of flavor.

I thought I would change it up a bit & make a beautiful presentation since you eat with your eyes first, even before the first bite.

The mold I used makes it look like I am a professional, but I 'm not.


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Serves:

6 or more depending on portion size

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 lb
box orzo pasta (i used barilla) cooked by package directions
2 Tbsp
butter
2 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
6 clove
garlic, minced
6-8
mini sweet peppers (chopped or cut into strips or rings) assorted colors
1 bunch
green onions, chopped
1/2 large
bell pepper, chopped
1 medium
shallot chopped
2 tsp
lemon pepper(no salt added)
1 1/2 tsp
kosher salt
1 medium
lemon (zest & juice)
1/2-1 pt
grape tomatoes halved
1 1/2 Tbsp
chopped chive
1-1 1/2 c
shredded romano cheese
1/2-3/4 c
pan drippings from baked chicken (or use chicken broth)
garnish if desired, grape tomatoes, chive, lemon slices,lemon pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook Orzo pasta according to directions on box till Al dente', usually about 8 or 9 minutes. Drain and set aside till needed. To make this a complete meal add sautéed boneless skinless chicken breast chunks or strips to it & additional vegetables.
2
Please note that Orzo Pasta is SHAPED LIKE RICE, but requires less cooking time. Is found in the pasta section of most larger grocery stores.
3
Add butter and olive oil to a large skillet, heat over medium high heat. Add chopped vegetables, and cook till translucent about 5 to 7 minutes.
4
Next add pasta and stir to blend together. Then add salt pepper, chive, lemon pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice squeezed from lemon. Stir and cook a couple of minutes.
5
Then add the dripping from baked chicken or Chicken broth, which ever you prefer. Allow to tighten up a bit, (some of liquid is absorbed.)
6
Add the Romano cheese and stir till cheese melts. Add additional chopped chive if desired.
7
Garnish as I did, if desired, by using a pyramid shaped mold. Spray inside of mold with non stick butter flavored cooking spray. Then pack orzo into mold till mold is filled, unmold onto a plate if desired and garnish with lemon slices or wedges, chopped chives and grape tomato halves. Sprinkle a little lemon pepper on the perimeter of the plate if desired. Serve your impressive presentation to guest and watch them devour it.
8
I forgot to show you the mold that I used for the presentation. This one is made of metal, but they also make them in a plastic form, I though the metal one would better suit my needs. It comes in various sizes, I purchased the largest one, because that way I can always use less in the mold to create a smaller one.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy