Monday, February 14, 2011

TBM Orzo a la Risotto

{hAppY VaLenTines DaY}

in honor of this day of cupid, a little nyc love story:

in 1967, pop artist robert indiana produced his now-iconic LOVE sculpture, which has been installed in dozens of places around the world. i've included a picture of the original, which is in nyc!

so whether you are dining out this v-day or cooking at home for your sweetie...risotto should be on your plate! try this easy tomato basil mozzarella orzo-version that's guaranteed to be simple and one to impress. this makes for a great side dish or base & i'll be serving it tonight with pan-seared scallops {recipe to come}!

{TBM ORZO a la RISOTTO}
*serves 4-6










Ingredients {in order of use}
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups orzo pasta {whole wheat version available at specialty stores}
  • 4 cups chicken broth, heated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh, diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh, diced mozzarella
  • 4 basil leaves, thinly sliced
1. heat the olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. when hot, add in garlic & cook for a minute. add orzo & stir in with olive oil & garlic.
2. slowly add in hot chicken broth, stirring until broth has been absorbed before adding more. cook pasta in stock for about 15 minutes, or until tender. season with salt & pepper.
3. add tomatoes & cook for 2 minutes. add mozzarella & cook for 3 minutes.
4. transfer to serving bowl & top with sliced basil!

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