God bless those Italians! They have cleverly begun recreating all my favorite pasta shapes—like orzo—into gluten-free pastas. While this imported pasta isn’t cheap (unless you’re reading this blog from Italy) it was definitely worth the splurge. This is a Cooking Light recipe renovation, a quick, tasty side dish or main.
The renovation: This recipe was featured as Four Speedy Sides, and there are 3 other versions of this base recipe. I used Delallo imported Italian gluten-free pasta (pretty sure I found it at Whole Foods), Earth Balance organic margarine instead of butter, vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and white wine to boost the flavor in the absence of the pecorino cheese. I did not have white balsamic vinegar, so I used regular balsamic. If you don’t have that, try a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to add acidity.
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Amazon sells this pasta, but only in packs of 12:
Orzo with mushrooms and chives
- 3/4 cup orzo (gluten-free) uncooked (165 g)
- 1-1/2 tbsp Earth Balance (substitute unsalted butter for low-sodium diets)
- 3 cups mushrooms cremini (250 g) sliced
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 3/8 tsp sea salt (omit for low-sodium diet)
- 1/4 cup wine (white) dry, Madeira, marsala
- 1/4 cup vegetable stock (low-sodium) no-salt-added for low-sodium diets
- 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup chives (8 g) minced
- Cook pasta according to package directions, adding a generous pinch of salt to the cooking water. Mine took 15 minutes to cook. Taste every minute starting at 9 minutes, so you don't overcook it. Drain the pasta without rinsing.
- Melt Earth Balance (or butter) in a large skillet over medium heat; cook 1 minute or until lightly browned. Add mushrooms, pepper, and just a little salt. Cook 7-8 minutes or until mushrooms release their liquid, stirring frequently. Add white wine, and cook until it evaporates.
- Add broth and vinegar; stir until heated. Stir in orzo and chives.
- 210 calories
- 3 g fat
- 1 g saturated fat
- 1 g monounsaturated fat
- 1 g polyunsaturated fat
- 0 g trans fat
- 0 g cholesterol
- 273 mg sodium (38 mg sodium with salt omitted & unsalted butter)
- 288 mg potassium
- 35 g carbohydrate
- 2 g fiber
- 3 g sugars
- 7 g protein
- 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus