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Orzo “Risotto” with Asparagus, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Total Time
20 min
Prep
5 min
Cook
15 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Be sure to use a good quality, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, such as Parmigiano- Reggiano, in this dish.
Ingredients

uncooked orzo

1 cup(s)

uncooked asparagus

1 pound(s), fresh, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

olive oil

1 Tbsp

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), minced

plum tomato(es)

2 medium, chopped

fat-free ricotta cheese

1 cup(s)

grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s)

basil

¼ cup(s), fresh, coarsely chopped

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Instructions

  1. Cook the orzo according to package directions, adding the asparagus during the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until the onion is slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved orzo and asparagus and heat through, about 2 minutes more. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, the basil, salt, and pepper. Yields 1 1⁄4 cups per serving.

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