Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mushroom Orzo

I love mushrooms. I love them BBQ'ed, roasted, sauteed, baked on pizza- whatever. I like the flavor and texture that they bring to the table. Literally.
Hubby doesn't feel the same way. And that's just fine with me. I just add them here and there to my food and everybody is happy.
And then I found a Tasty Kitchen recipe for Creamy Mushroom Orzo and wanted to try it. Having never cooked with orzo prior to this recipe, it definitely intrigued me.
I followed the recipe almost exactly the first time. The only change I made was substituting more chicken broth for the wine. When do I ever seem to follow a recipe the whole way through the first time? Okay- maybe with breads. Anyways.
The dish was very tasty. I felt that it needed a higher mushroom to orzo ratio, though. So next time, and subsequent times afterward, I continue to add much more mushrooms.
The verdict? Even hubby likes this dish. It makes a great side to just about anything. It can serve about 6- but we usually just finish the whole pan ourselves. :)
Another little thing I love about this dish is that you add all of the liquid to the pan that you need to cook the orzo. None of this boiling it then draining it business. Which is ideal since I don't have a sieve, and don't want to use a bunch of cheesecloth everytime I want orzo.

Mushroom Orzo serves 6
adapted from Tasty Kitchen

2 slices of bacon
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
1/2 c. uncooked orzo
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbl. butter
1 can chicken broth (I prefer reduced sodium)
salt & pepper to taste

Cook the bacon in a medium sized frying pan until done. Remove and reserve. (Or just eat while cooking the rest of the dish). You should have about 2 tbl. of grease; if not, add some oil or butter.
Over medium heat, cook the onions and mushrooms in the bacon grease until the mushrooms soften and t he onions start to become translucent. Add in the orzo, garlic and butter. Stir around until the butter has melted and the orzo is completely mixed in and coated.
Pour the can of chicken broth in the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat a bit and simmer until the liquid has been sucked up and the orzo is soft. There may be a little liquid still in the pan, but after the heat is turned off and the pan sits, the liquid will soon be no more. Season with salt and pepper to your taste and enjoy!

I linked up this tasty recipe at:


  1. I've never been a huge mushroom fan, but I'm coming around. This sounds really good.

  2. This looks delicious - I love that it all cooks together.
    Would love it if you joined us on Tuesday for Two for Tuesday Real Food Blog Hop. The link takes you to the "about the blog hop" page.

  3. Funny! We usually eat most of the bacon while waiting. I have not cooked orzo but maybe once or twice and am always looking for recipes so I can cook it more often. Thanks for sharing yours. beth at

  4. i have to hide veggies in my dishes because my husband is a very picky eater. this looks like a yummy and easy dish!
    found you through tuesday's at the table...
    i have a little linky starting up this week for foodies...come on by if you like
    (shameless...i know ;p)

  5. Mmm, looks so creamy and inviting. So glad you linked up at Two for Tuesday!

  6. I love getting creative with orzo!

  7. Hi and welcome to the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! I am now following your blog. Please do us a favor and put a link back to the blog hop so more folks can share in the fun and your lovely blog! I adore mushrooms and rissotto, so this would be a much easier substitute and still satisfy that creamy earthy craving! :) Alex@amoderatelife

  8. I am so glad you linked this up to the Two for Tuesdays Real Food Blog Hop!! (I giggle - you have it listed as Who for Tuesdays LOL)
    have a great day!

  9. mmmm...I'm a mushroom lover, too! This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it with Two for Tuesdays this week =)

  10. This looks so simple and yummy. Count me among the mushroom-lovers. The bacon doesn't hurt, either. I don't think I could keep myself from crumbling it over the cooked orzo!

  11. Interesting! Looks delicious!

    Thanks for joining me for Friday Favorites!

  12. Yummy! I love mushrooms and need to try this! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

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  14. Oh, I'm with you I love mushrooms! I've never made orzo though so you have me very intrigued with this recipe. I'm gonna have to try it. Thanks for adding this to Two for Tuesdays!