Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cheesy Garlic Orzo

I love using orzo as a side dish and this one was extra good! It is perfect pared up with Chicken Parmesan or any other Italian meal!I know that this meal will be a hit with your family too! Enjoy!

1/2 pound orzo
2 tablespoons butter
3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup (about a handful) chopped flat-leaf parsley
Ground black pepper

1. Fill a large pot with water and place over high heat to boil the pasta. When the water reaches a bubble, season it with salt and drop the pasta. Cook to al dente according to package directions then drain and reserve.

2. When the pasta is ready, place a large skillet over medium heat with the butter. Add the garlic to the pan and cook until aromatic and tender, about 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano and parsley to the pan, season with pepper and toss to thoroughly combine.

I serve this with a really easy Parmesan chicken and it is always a favorite! Here is the chicken recipe:

4 chicken breasts, thawed and slightly pounded out thin
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
favorite pasta sauce
salt and pepper
grated mozzarella cheese
Ok, this is really easy and fast! Ready....

1. Take your chicken and salt and pepper it. Combine the bread crumbs and parsley together. Then press both sides of the chicken into the bread crumb mixture. Next Pan fry your chicken about 5 minutes per side on med heat.

2.Carefully transfer your chicken to a foil lined baking sheet and top with a couple tablespoons of pasta sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and broil on high for just a few minutes to melt the cheese! There you have it, easy and yummy! I serve this with a green salad or steamed broccoli and you have yourself a delicious meal!

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