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Delicious and Easy Mock Risotto

Cynthia Clark

"If you love creamy risotto, but can't stand the fuss behind making it, this is a great and creamy and easy alternative! A fantastic side dish that goes great with your favorite chicken recipe."
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25 m servings 476 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 476 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 79.4g
  • 26%
  • Protein:
  • 15.7 g
  • 31%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 941 mg
  • 38%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. When it is not getting any hotter, pour in the olive oil. Add the garlic and onion; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, and stir to loosen any bits from the bottom of the pan.
  2. When the broth comes to a boil, stir in the orzo pasta. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until pasta has absorbed all of the liquid. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, especially towards the end. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

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  1. 129 Ratings

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Never mind the chicken and brussels sprouts I served this with - I could have eaten this all by itself! Five stars for being a good basic recipe to use as a starting point for your own creativit...

Most helpful critical review

This wasn't awful but it also wasn't anything like risotto.

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Never mind the chicken and brussels sprouts I served this with - I could have eaten this all by itself! Five stars for being a good basic recipe to use as a starting point for your own creativit...

For a much creamier pasta, add 1/2 cup thick cream, simmer for at least 3mins., before tossing the other ingredients.

YUM!! I omitted the onion, and added a dollop of sour cream, a splash of milk, a Tbs of butter, chicken, and veggies and this was an awesome dish. Will make again. Thanks!

This didn't have the creaminess of a typical risotto, but it was still very yummy! I added some parm and a bit of fresh chopped raw spinach. I made a whole pound and my family devoured everythin...

Not a risotto but a good pasta side. The liquid/orzo/time ratios are the key elements. Everything else is open for play. I used half chicken broth, half white wine. Added fresh tomatoes (whi...

I actually cooked the orzo in 2% milk (with a little white wine and water thrown in for good measure). Added onion, a can of stewed tomatoes and some frozen peas. Top with parmesan. This stuff...

This was very good and I was able to make it using ingredients already on hand. I did modify the recipe by using half chicken broth and half evaporated milk. I added a little more milk to the ...

omg this was heavenly!! i've never made a homemade risotto because it sounds too labor intensive, and i'm more of a quick and easy type of cook :) well this was both, and turned out wonderfully....

Really good and simple My orzo was cooked in less than 15 min. and parm cheese would be a nice variation