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Swiss Mushroom Orzo

Holly Bonds of Smyrna, Georgia turns to this go-with-everything dish as a substitute for rice or potatoes. TIP: “It's also wonderful with roasted red peppers or steamed broccoli thrown in,” Holly suggests.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms


  • Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the cheese, 3 tablespoons butter, garlic, salt and pepper; cover and process until smooth. In a large saucepan, saute the mushrooms in remaining butter until tender. Drain orzo and add to mushrooms. Stir in cheese mixture until melted.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 520 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • bjpalmer
    Oct 14, 2016

    This was really good! I like it as a side dish for a nice steak and steamed broccoli.

  • pav
    Dec 3, 2012

    The tartness of the Swiss cheese seemed to drown out the other flavors.

  • wintermom9597
    Aug 12, 2012

    Doubled the recipe, added a touch more fresh garlic. Family loved it!

  • wintermom9597
    Aug 12, 2012

    Doubled the recipe, added a touch more fresh garlic. Family loved it!

  • vewebber58
    Jul 26, 2011

    I've made this before, but this is the first time i've rated it. I can't see anything "blah" about it.....I used two cloves of garlic, and it was zingy with robust garlic flavor and so delicious! I also used more mushrooms than it called for; the flavor of the mushrooms came through and everyone loved the dish. This is a keeper for me!

  • p.ballard
    May 24, 2010

    I thought it was a little too blah for my liking and also thought it was a little bit dry. I added some garlic salt and half a can of mushroom soup...that really helped.