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Almond Orzo Pilaf

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  • Brief Description

    Move over, plain rice! We toasted orzo pasta, then cooked it with chicken broth, fennel seed, and fresh spinach until perfectly tender and delicious--it's perfect with any roasted meat!

  • Main Ingredient

    orzo

  • Category:  Pasta

  • Cuisine:  American

  • Prep Time:  30 min(s)

  • Cook Time:  30 min(s)

  • Recipe Type:  Public

  • Source:

    Women's World magazine

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  • Notes:

    Can make into a main dish by adding chicken breasts. After roasting the almonds & heating the olive oil, brown the chicken breasts and leave in the pan while completing the rest of the recipe. Calories: 225; Protein: 9 g; Fat: 5 g (1 g saturated); Chol: 0 mg.; Carbs: 38 g; Sodium: 241 mg; Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 3 g

  • Posted By:  ecarr

  • Posted On:  May 17, 2012

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Ingredients:

  1. 1/4 cups - sliced almonds
  2. 1 tablespoons - olive oil
  3. 1 - red or green pepeer diced
  4. 2 cloves - garlic minced
  5. 1 1/2 cups - orzo pasta, about 9 oz.
  6. 1 cans - (14.5 oz) lower sodium chicken broth
  7. 1/2 teaspoons - fennel seeds crushed
  8. 1/2 teaspoons - salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoons - pepper
  10. 3 - baby spinach leaves, about 3 cups
  11. 1 tablespoons - white balsamic vinegar

Directions:

• Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add almonds; cook, stirring, until golden, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from skillet.
• In same skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring, until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add orzo; cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 1-2 minutes. Add broth, fennel seeds, salt and pepper.
• Cook orzo mixture, stirring occasionally, until liquid is almost absorbed, 7-8 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is almost absorbed and orzo is just tender.
• Add spinach on top of everything else, put on the lid and cook until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar. Serve sprinkled with almonds.


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