Mushroom & Lemon Orzo

mushroom lemon orzo with pinenuts!

Let me start my telling you that it was never my intention to make this Orzo for Casey's Birthday dinner. I waffled with the idea of Mashed Potatoes (even bought some potatoes) or a Creamy Pasta. But the morning of the dinner, I was flipping through a magazine cutout that had a recipe for Lemon Orzo and decided I'd wing it and make some.

It turned out to be a GREAT idea. Having a 4 year old and a 5 month old in the house made it tough to time dinner. It's such a tricky thing when everyone is on different schedules...or engrossed in a movie. I had to get Cooper fed before we sat down to eat, so it was really easy to make this Orzo before I started cooking the steaks. If I had made Mashed Potatoes or a Creamy Pasta, the results would have been GOOEY and gross. The Orzo held up well, and was still really good at room temperature. I have to say that it was EXCELLENT the next day too. I ate it cold. Freshened it up with some lemon juice and added feta. It was a very satisfying lunch. (see picture above)

Mushroom & Lemon Orzo


(inspired by a Rachael Ray Mag)

-1 lb Orzo pasta
-3/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
-1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1 10oz. package white mushrooms
-1 10oz. package shitake mushrooms
-juice of two lemons, plus the grated peel of 1 lemon
-handful...or more grated Parmesan cheese
-salt & pepper to taste

1. Cook Orzo pasta according to package.

2. While Orzo is cooking, heat up a skillet with 1/4 cup olive oil. Add the mushrooms and cook until browned. Should take 7-10 mins.

3. Drain Orzo and return to the pot. Stir in lemon juice, lemon peel, parsley & pine nuts. Add two tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil...stir it up! Season with salt & pepper to taste. Add mushrooms to the top and serve!

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