Cheesy mushroom orzo

    40 min

    This is a super-easy Italian style pasta dish. Orzo is simmered with shallots, mushrooms and white wine, before being stirred with Parmesan and parsley. Enjoy as a side dish.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 110g butter, divided
    • 2 small shallots, chopped
    • 200g uncooked orzo pasta
    • 50g sliced fresh mushrooms
    • 250ml water
    • 125ml white wine
    • garlic granules to taste
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 50g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Melt 1/2 the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the onions and cook until golden brown. Mix in orzo, mushrooms and remaining butter. Cook and stir 5 minutes, until butter is melted and mushrooms are tender.
    2. Pour water and wine into the frying pan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Season with garlic granules, salt and pepper. Cook 7 to 10 minutes, until orzo is al dente. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and parsley to serve.

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    Oh wow, will THIS ever be a repeat in my house! For extra flavor I used dried porcini mushrooms which I soaked in hot water for about 25 minutes. I then used the soaking liquid for the water called for. What a boost of flavor! Pearl onions not a staple in my house, I simply substituted chopped, sweet onion, though shallots would me nice too, and added fresh garlic instead of the garlic powder. My only criticism is that half the amount of butter called for would have been adequate, and I am a fan of butter! I served this with Pesto Cheesy Chicken Rolls, also from this site. Update to original 4/4/08 review: For those like my husband who (go figure!)dislike it, you might want to go a little easier on the Parmesan.  -  04 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is the third time I made this recipe. This time I changed it up a bit. I added grilled chicken, shrimp and extra mushrooms. I doubled the liquid ( chicken broth, water and wine). It was really good. We had it as a main dish. January 18, 2010- Writing again just to say that I still use this recipe regularly. I even use it with a good short grain rice and it's delicious.  -  17 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved this side dish. I didn't have pearl onions so I used half a regular onion chopped up and I added minced garlic and extra mushrooms. You can never have too many mushrooms. The wine gave it such a great flavor. Oh, and I used chicken broth instead of water. This really was great. I will definately be making it again and again! Thanks BABARCLAY.  -  13 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)