One pot Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Orzo

Cooking Time:   45 minutes

                                                                                          Servings: 6 people

Another cracker of a one pot wonder because why not. This is the perfect quick and easy meal the whole house should love to gather and eat. Oh and I might add another fab meatless Monday dish.

One pot Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Orzo

Ingredients:

2 cups orzo

1 large brown onion, sliced

3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed

200 grams button mushrooms, sliced

3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

Zest of 1 lemon

2.5 cups chicken stock

1/3 cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley

300mls light cooking cream

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

120 grams baby spinach leaves

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1-2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Method:

  1. Place a large deep heavy bottom pan on medium low heat. Add olive oil, and sauté onions for 3-5 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Add in garlic and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and stir for a further 3-5 minutes.
  3. Turn heat down to low and add the orzo, thyme and lemon zest and stir for a minute, toasting off the orzo.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and fresh parsley and stir the orzo uncovered occasionally for 10 minutes, ensuring it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Pour in the cream and stir on low uncovered for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat off and Fold in the baby spinach and parmesan.

 

Tips & Substitutions:

  • For a dairy free option, leave grated parmesan out and replace cream with more chicken stock.
  • Grilled lamb cutlets pairs beautiful with this dish.

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