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Pistachio Cranberry Orzo Recipe
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Pistachio Cranberry Orzo Recipe

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“This recipe was originally an entree with chicken and linguini,” notes Barbara Spitzer of Lodi, California. “I keep changing the ingredients to go with whatever else I’m serving for dinner, but my husband prefers this recipe.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons marsala wine or additional chicken broth
  • Dash salt and pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (prepared with half-and-half cream) equals 422 calories, 19 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 241 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, saute shallot in oil and butter for 1 minute. Add the pistachios; saute for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Stir in the cranberries, cream, broth and wine. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Drain orzo; add to cranberry mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Pistachio Cranberry Orzo in Cooking for 2 Fall 2006, p31

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (prepared with half-and-half cream) equals 422 calories, 19 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 241 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"Positively delicious - I make this side dish all the time now and it's super easy to make!"

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Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"This is an absolutely fabulous side dish! My husband and I gobbled it up fast! Definitely a keeper!"

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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"Dear gods this was MAGNIFICENT!!!! I will make this again and again and again!!!"

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Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"HUGE hit at a girlfriends' luncheon. I inadvertently added my diced poached chicken breasts to this dish and we loved it. All asked for the recipe. Yummy warm or at room temp. Woodsy in W. Bend, WI"

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