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Buttery Toasted Orzo Pasta

Serves 4

I love this recipe for orzo, which is a rice-shaped pasta. Toasting the orzo in butter gives it a wonderful, nutty taste. The pilaf is particularly good with entrees that have a light tomato-based sauce to spoon on top, providing acidic contrast to the richness of the butter. However, it is equally good served as is.

Buttery Toasted Orzo Recipe Photo

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the orzo and stir well to coat the grains with the butter. Cook until a nutty brown color, stirring often to prevent burning. Add the 2 cups of broth; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed, adding a little more liquid if needed until the orzo is tender. Season with salt, pepper and parsley. Stir well. Serve immediately.

Notes: When I first made this recipe, I used four tablespoons of butter and it was delicious. Since then, I use less butter in my cooking, and I have found that two tablespoons is plenty for me. The choice is yours.