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Monday, August 10, 2015

One More. This is a perfect meal... and Lunch Tomorrow!

Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo (Risoni) - all made in one pan, so creamy (but no cream!) . A fabulous meat free meal!
5.0 from 14 reviews
Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo (Risoni) (One Pot)
 
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An easy dinner for midweek all made in one pot. Super creamy but made without a single drop of cream! Nutrition grade rating of A-. Make it even more nutritious by adding more vegetables!
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Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.2 lb / 600g mushrooms, sliced (I used button mushrooms)
Orzo / Risoni
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1½ cups milk (I used low fat)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1½ cups orzo / risoni (Note 1)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Black pepper
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8oz / 250g frozen spinach (1 box), thawed, excess water squeezed out
Garnish (optional)
  • Extra parmesan cheese
  • Finely chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large non stick pan over high heat (if you aren't using non stick, use more oil).
  2. Add the mushrooms and cook until softened (around 3 minutes). Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and melt the butter in the pan. Add garlic and onion, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent - around 3 minutes.
  4. Add the flour, stir it in and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the milk and chicken broth and use a whisk to mix the butter flour mixture into the liquid.
  6. Increase heat to medium high. Add the orzo/risoni, salt and pepper, stir once, then put a lid on (Note 2). Bring it to a simmer, then leave it to cook for around 8 to 10 minutes or until the orzo/risoni is cooked but still slightly firm, and it is still quite saucy.
  7. While the orzo is cooking, break up the spinach into little pieces with your fingers.
  8. Remove the pan from the stove. Stir through the parmesan, spinach and cooked mushrooms. Check if more salt or pepper is required.
  9. Serve immediately, garnished with more parmesan and fresh finely chopped parsley, if desired.

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