Friday, February 25, 2011

7 Days of Super Simple Pasta
Day 5: Parmesan Orzo Pasta

Orzo pasta is not to be confused with rice. It's not rice. It looks like it, but it's not. It's a pasta. Orzo means 'barley' in Italian. It's a wonderful nontraditional pasta that you can use like rice. It is not so good when you try to treat it like a pasta noodle. So no red sauces and don't drown it in alfredo. Orzo is best with light cream sauces. I made this recipe a while ago when I was preparing a Greek dinner. It's a great side dish and went well with a veggie burger.

1 cup uncooked Orzo Pasta
1/4 cup Vegan Cream Cheese
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Dried Chives
1 tbs Vegan Parmesan
1/4 cup Chopped Green Onions

Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Once pasta is done cooking and has been drained, pour into bowl and mix ingredients.

The last time I made this we had it with some fried tofu. It was amazing! One cup or orzo makes a lot of pasta. Its a great side dish and would feed 4 people.

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