Monday, November 17, 2008

Day 232- Nutrition Bites

Orzo (from Latin hordeum, sometimes called Italian rice) in Italian means barley. Orzo's common usage in the United States is understood to mean rice-shaped pasta, slightly smaller than a pinenut frequently used in soups. Despite its rice shape, orzo is not a rice but consists of hard wheat semolina.

Orzo Casserole

1 box orzo pasta
2 T. olive oil
2 T. butter
1 lg. onion, coarsely chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
2 T. flour
1 cup chicken OR veg broth
3 cans Italian stewed tomatoes, drained
1-2 T. fresh basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 lb. mozzarella
1/2 c. Italian green olives, chopped

Directions: Prepare orzo following pkg. directions, then drain well and place aside in a large mixing bowl. In large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add onion, saute several minutes, add celery. Saute 5-6 minutes, stirring often. Stir in flour, saute 1 more min. Add broth, tomatos, basil, s&p. Let the mixture simmer 5 minutes, then stir into cooked orzo ading 1/2 lb. of cheese and olives. Mix well, then spoon into large shallow baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top. Place in oven at 375 and bake, uncovered for 30-35 min. serves 8-10.

Sugar Preacher's Experience

This casserole was tasty, and experimenting with new pasta is fun!

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