Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cooking with Orzo

My first time cooking with Orzo, but I ran across this recipe in our local paper and had to try it and I have to say, it's very delicious. Definitely a keeper for the recipe book & my hubby gave it rave reviews too. If you like goat cheese (and I love it!), you will definitely like this one. Great way to get some added peas in a dish too. It's a fast dish to whip up in no time.
Orzo with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese & Oregano

1 & 1/2 cups orzo
1/4 cup olive oil
3 TB lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained & rinsed
2 TB chopped fresh oregano (I didn't buy that, but used dried oregano, about 1 TS)
Salt & pepper to taste
5 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

Bring large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo & cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 8 min. Drain the orzo and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice & garlic. Add the chickpeas, orzo and oregano. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Gently stir in the goat cheese.

Prepare to go YUMMM! It's really a great little side dish, something a bit unusual, but very tasty.
Hope you enjoy it!

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Kitty Scraps said...

Orzo is a huge favorite in our home. This recipe sounds like one I'd like, I'll have to try it soon! Thanks for sharing!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I have been a fan of the whole wheat orzo. I will have to give this one a try.

ROXY said...

yumm this sounds delish!! I love chick peas, can't wait to try this one!

Holly said...

Mmmm, I do love goat cheese. This sounds so good! We also like Orzo with Parmesan and Basil from . Thanks for the advice on my chandy redo, Rhoda. I think I probably need to redo the redo!

Mrs. B said...

I love orzo! This recipe sounds delicious! Orzo is also great for cold salads, like pasta salad. Yum!

The game day condo in your previous post is very cute! The Auburn/Alabama thing reminds me of when I lived in Southern California and you were either a USC or UCLA fan. There were "mixed marriages" there too!

Anonymous said...

I just bought Orzo yesterday (no joke) and had no idea what to do with I have something new to try!

salmagundi said...

The orzo sounds like a great side dish; I must try it soon. Thanks for sharing. Sally

CRICKET said...

I am soo going to try this!

Natalie said...

You had me at chick peas...throw in yummy goat cheese and orzo and it's a must try! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Anonymous said...


This looks like something I will have to try.

How did the yardsale go ??

We headed North for a little leaf peeping,we had such a nice time :)

Have a great week,
Kathy :)

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

I've never had orzo or goat cheese. I'll have to try this though. I have a great pumpkin recipe on my blog...that's delish!

Layla said...

My mouth is literally WATERING now.
That looks SO good!

Good eye is not QUITE as red and veiny today...bad news, I have to wait a few days for new contacts to come in because the Doc said to throw away the ones I had been wearing. I refuse to leave the house in my ugly glasses, so maybe by next weekend I'll be in good shape again!

The Lettered Cottage

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Rhonda; I have not ever used Orzo before. I will have to try it some time. It looks like a yummy pasta to use.

Have a great week.


restyled home said...

I hate most cheeses, so I am going to have to pass on this one, although I can imagine it is delicious, for those who like cheese!!

Great job on the condo...the cabinets look so pretty white!

Please stop by my blog. I am hosting a great give-away, again, with Matthew Mead. It involves his latest book, and a gift card from HomeGoods...except this time there are, basically, thirty prizes!!

Have a great week!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I love orzo. I add it to lots of things,especially when I want to thicken soup up just a bit. I will throw a bit right into the soup and its done in minutes.

justabeachkat said...

Remember me? Life has been sooooo C-R-A-Z-Y lately...but a good kind of crazy, so I can't complain even though it has kept me from visiting. But...I'm home now...for a week or so anyway.

I've had fun reading all your posts I've missed and it's sure been fun.