Kitchen Sink Orzo Bowls
 
 
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Ingredients
  • Whole wheat orzo pasta (Definitely go whole wheat here! It's more nutritious and tastes the same! My favorite brand is Delallo Organic.)
  • Olive oil, a few tablespoons
  • Onion, about ¼-1/2 of an onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press
  • Cherry Tomatoes, halved, above one pint (you could also chop appx. 2 whole tomatoes)
  • Fresh vegetables, whatever you have lying around (I used 2 fresh summer squash)
  • Cooked chicken, chopped or shredded depending on your preference (About 1-2 chicken breasts' or a few thighs' worth of meat, I like the chicken to be grilled)
  • Dry white wine, ¼-1/2 cup or so (optional)
  • White balsamic vinegar, a few tablespoons (optional)
  • Pasta water, reserve 2-3 cups
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Spices and herbs if you like: parsley, oregano, basil are all good options (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare orzo pasta as directed on the package. Drain, reserving 2-3 cups of the pasta water, and then set aside both the water and the orzo. I used about ¾ of a package of Delallo Whole Wheat Orzo to feed our family of 5 with some leftovers.
  2. In a deep, 12-inch skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and cook a few minutes until translucent.
  3. Add fresh garlic and cook, stirring, about 30-60 seconds. Add the chopped tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium low and let mixture cook for 5-10 minutes to really get the tomatoes to cook down.
  4. If using wine, add it now and cook about 5 minutes. Add vegetables and cook a few minutes until the veggies are al dente. (If you are using vegetables like carrots that take longer to cook, steam them ahead of time and just heat through at this point in the recipe.) If you aren't using wine and need a little more fluid in the pan, just add another swig or two of olive oil.
  5. Add the orzo to the pan. Add the white balsamic vinegar and then start adding pasta water about ½ cup at a time until you get a nice, creamy consistency. Salt and pepper to taste, adding herbs and spices if you choose. I simply used salt and pepper and it tasted great!
Recipe by This Week for Dinner at https://thisweekfordinner.com/kitchen-sink-orzo-bowls/