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Garden Orzo Risotto Recipe

Garden Orzo Risotto Recipe

No one will believe this rich, creamy dish was prepared in less than 30 minutes! I developed the recipe when my garden tomatoes, zucchini and basil were coming on strong. Using orzo instead of Arborio rice makes the risotto so much easier to prepare. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute zucchini and shallot in oil until almost tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the orzo, broth and milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook and stir for 10-15 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed.
  • 2. Stir in the spinach, tomatoes and basil; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Remove from the heat; stir in the cheese, salt and pepper. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup equals 202 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 429 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.