I love a cheesy rice or rice shaped pasta. This orzo recipe is a great way to make a lame baked chicken dinner more exciting. It goes well with almost anything and can be thrown together in a matter of minutes.
Cheesy Orzo with Green Peas
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
3/4 cup frozen green peas or frozen peas and carrots
2 cloves garlic, chopped
28 ounces chicken or vegetable broth or stock
2 cups orzo pasta
1 1/2 cup grated cheese (I like Parmesan or a good sharp cheddar)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat a 8 inch pot with a tight fitting cover over moderate heat. Add oil, onion and garlic and saute for 2 or 3 minutes. Add broth and peas to the pan and bring to a boil. Stir in orzo and return broth to a boil. Cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until liquid is absorbed and pasta tender. Remove lid and stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.