Recipe by Amanda Dattilio
"This recipe makes quite a bit. Everyone I've prepared it for loves it. You can easily cut the recipe in half."
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fresh mushrooms, sliced
uncooked orzo pasta
salt and pepper to taste
Super. Not for everyone howerver, Bu wasn't enthused. This recipe has a scent of bitter flavor and may not be something that kids or picky adults would go for. If you like walnuts then I'm sure you'll appreciate this. I used the exact ingredients it called for and it came out great.
Evident that this would be flat in flavor if prepared exactly as written, I added white wine, minced garlic, and fresh thyme and parsley. I also used a specialty orzo and substituted pecans for the walnuts. All and all, this was an acceptable "supporting role" side dish.
I'm into Toasted Orzo, so add the orzo just as onions and mushrooms are finishing, when orzo is lightly browned add the broth. When the broth is absorbed add 1/4 cup grated parmesan and serve! Yummy!
I made the recipe as written, and it made a ton. I will definitely cut the recipe in half next time. I'll also omit the walnuts. They did not compliment the dish at all and stood out oddly among the ingredients, texture and flavor-wise.
Also, I'll turn the heat down while cooking the onions and mushrooms. The "medium-high" heat was a bit too hot and my dish ended up with a slightly scorched flavor because of it. With these adjustments, it will be a delicious side dish.
I have made this a few times now, and keep tweaking it as I can't ever leave well enough alone. If I can find it, I use a package of mixed mushrooms (porcini, bella, oyster, etc) that I found in my grocery store. I also add some sauteed spinach, minced garlic and sherry to it, to give it some zip.
Very good recipe -- easy and impressive to make. The texture and flavor turned out a lot like risotto without a lot of stirring.
I was extremely pleased with this recipe. My entire family enjoyed--even my 7 and 2 year old who are really picky. I may add a little bouillon next time to increase the flavor.
Thanks for the recipe...or atleast the guideline! Unfortunately I didn't have walnuts (they sounded like they would have been delicious in this recipe)...so I did some alterations to kick it up a bit! Added a stalk of celery with the onion and mushrooms, as well as 2 cloves of garlic and a 1/4 red pepper for color. When it was done, I found it a touch bland (wish I would have had those walnuts) so when I found some feta cheese in the fridge, decided to toss that in (about 1/4 cup)...that really did flavor it nicely! All in all, a nice dish (even with my alterations).
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Orzo with Mushrooms and Walnuts
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 304
** Calories from Fat: 84
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