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.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
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

Step-By-Step

1Cook 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.
2Please note that Orzo Pasta is SHAPED LIKE RICE, but requires less cooking time. Is found in the pasta section of most larger grocery stores.
3Add 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.
4Next 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.
5Then add the dripping from baked chicken or Chicken broth, which ever you prefer. Allow to tighten up a bit, (some of liquid is absorbed.)
6Add the Romano cheese and stir till cheese melts. Add additional chopped chive if desired.
7Garnish 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.
8I 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