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Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo - little orzo pasta is cooked in broth and married with a creamy cheesy sauce with little bits of broccoli #orzo #sidedish #healthy #happilyunprocessed.com

Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo


  • Author: Debi
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Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Orzo Pasta
  • 2 1/2 Cups Organic Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Organic Broccoli, chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Organic Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Organic Onion, diced small
  • 1 Clove Organic Garlic, minced
  • 3/4 Cup Organic Half and Half
  • 3/4 Cup Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

TO MAKE THE ORZO & BROCCOLI:

  1. Begin by heating about 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, let it warm up for about a minute. Add the orzo and lightly stir it around the pan so it toasts, this will give the orzo a nutty flavor.
  2. When the orzo starts to turn golden in color, add the broth starting with just 1/2 cup. Let the orzo absorb the liquid entirely, then add the rest. Give it a stir, bring to a quick boil and turn the heat down to a simmer. Cover and let it cook for 10-15 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes, give the orzo a quick stir and add the broccoli.  Cover again and finish cooking.

TO MAKE THE SAUCE:

  1. Add the butter to a large saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s melted add the chopped onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Let that simmer for about 2-3 minutes until it softens.
  2. Add the half and half and cheddar cheese. Season again with salt and pepper.
  3. Take the cheese sauce off the heat and add the parmesan cheese.  Keep warm until the orzo has finished cooking.
  4. Add the creamy sauce to the cooked orzo and stir.
  5. Serve warm.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS:
BEST GRILLED CHICKEN
WEEKNIGHT MARINATED FLANK STEAK