Delicious and Easy Mock Risotto Recipe -
Delicious and Easy Mock Risotto Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Delicious and Easy Mock Risotto

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"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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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 04, 2009

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 creativity, with endless possibilities. What I liked best was not having to boil the orzo first, drain it, then proceed. I sauteed chopped cremini mushrooms along with the onion and garlic in both olive oil and butter. For a little more dimension in flavor and creaminess I used a mixture of chicken broth, cream and a good glug of white wine. In addition to salt and pepper I seasoned this with some fresh thyme. Delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 05, 2010

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

Mar 22, 2006

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

Sep 30, 2007

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!

Mar 03, 2006

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 everything but a couple of tablespoons. Thanks Cynthia!

Jun 26, 2008

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 (while cooking) and fresh basil and butter (at the end). Served Parm cheese on the side. Nice to be able to put it on and leave it while you're doing a quick steak/chicken breast/fish fillet. My tip: I grate the garlic on a micro plane (instead of mincing) and throw it in with the onion (no chunks of burnt/bitter garlic).

Mar 03, 2008

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 is so good. I served with a basic shrimp scampi and some green beans. 'Twas very well received :)

Mar 08, 2010

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. i've also made it will mini pearl pasta which had the same great results. mine is never dry, has great flavor, and goes with a lot of different types of main dish. thanks for a great stand-by recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 476 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 79.4 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 15.7 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 941 mg
  • 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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