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Dine In on a Friday night…

February 25, 2010

Dine in on a Friday night and create this restaurant-worthy meal at home. The sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese packs a lot of flavor into this simple orzo dish. Most sun-dried tomatoes are packed in oil, so to avoid adding all that extra oil to the dish, just rinse the tomatoes under the sink and pat them dry. Although it doesn’t take out all the oil, it cuts down on a lot of the fat.

Orzo is traditionally used in soups, but this very versatile rice-shaped pasta is a great substitute for pasta. It has all the firm “al dente” texture and its authentic Italian taste adds a new dimension to a traditional favorite. It might look like rice, but orzo is made of hard wheat semolina. You can also substitute fresh pasta for orzo in this dish. At Cube Café in Los Angeles, shoppers can buy fresh pasta and ravioli from their marketplace along with various other artisan crafted gourmet foods. This rustic Italian-inspired dish is great served with some sautéed greens.

Tip: Since the pasta is so small, it can easily slip through the cracks of a pasta strainer. A fine sieve can be used to drain orzo, or you can line a regular colander with cheesecloth.

Click here for the recipe

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