Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Grown Up Mac and Cheese

This is my go-to side dish for nights when I have no idea what to serve with dinner.  No, there are no vegetables so it's not exactly healthy, but it is quite delicious.  It takes very little time, and requires hardly any attention which means it's a perfect dish to make while you're devoting your time elsewhere.

This quickly became a favorite in my house and is now known simply as "mac and cheese".

1 1/2 T. butter or margarine (we're a butter household)
1 c. orzo pasta
1 3/4 c. reduced sodium chicken broth
3/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper (optional)
basil, cut into a chiffonade(optional)

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  When melted stir in the orzo to coat and toast for a minute.  Pour in broth and simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid is barely gone.  Stir in parmesan cheese.  Add salt and pepper, and basil if you choose.


~The basil adds a lot of flavor, so you don't need to use much.  I add it when it's summer and growing like a weed in my garden.

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