6.22.2009

Orzo Pasta Primavera and a Dragon Fly



My husband went out golfing after work so I got to sneak in a little pasta for dinner! As I have mentioned before, he is not a fan!

Lately, I have been seeing Orzo recipes left and right. I don't usually think to buy it for some reason. I remembered to pick some up the last time I went to the market. I thought it would be great tossed with some fresh veggies from my garden. I went out and found a zucchini and a few peas were ready for picking. I also grabbed 2 kinds of basil.

For this recipe you will need:
8 oz cooked Orzo
1-2 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh peas
1/2 cup red bell peppers,thinly sliced
1/2 cup diced tomato
2 tbsp chopped basil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 grated Parmesan
1/2 cup bread crumbs



Heat butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for a couple of minutes.



Add in the zucchini, peas, peppers, basil and lemon juice. Saute for about 5 minutes. Add the diced tomato and remove from heat. Add the Orzo and toss.



In another skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and brown. Stirring constantly. Watch that is doesn't burn!




Top the pasta with Parmesan and bread crumbs. Serve Warm. I loved the fresh, uncomplicated flavors of this dish.

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~Enjoy~



I also wanted to show you the Dragon Fly that I found in my backyard. There were actually two of them playing by my roses. This one let me get close enough to snap a photo. Pretty Cool!



27 comments:

finsmom said...

What a yummy sounding dish! I really love orzo pasta - it has such a nice texture! Looks like a great way to use it!

I am loving your blog!

5 Star Foodie said...

Great idea to make primavera with orzo! Yum! Neat picture of the dragonfly!

Jenn said...

Mmm...looks delicious. I haven't used orzo yet. I have to keep that in mind when I go grocery shopping again.

Beautiful dragonfly.

Denise said...

This looks so good and a great way to use up any veggies you may have leftover.

Dajana said...

What a nice looking dish.
So what you call orzo is a pasta?
Orzo is italian for barley, when I read the title I expected to see a barley salad!
Lovely dragonfly

Donna-FFW said...

This dish sounds absolutely delicious. I love it. Love the breadcrumb cheese topping too. So pretty.

Pam said...

I just got a load of CSA veggies, this primavera would be perfect. I tried some whole wheat orzo, but like all things whole wheat, I was not a huge fan.

I love dragonflies!

Bee and Rose said...

I think that looks absolutely mouthwatering! Your recipes are great!

The dragonfly is very cool! (They show up when the air is very clear!)

Barbara Bakes said...

What a wonderful, healthy meal! I can't imagine not loving pasta!

Cathy said...

I think dragonflies are the most interesting "bug" to watch! Your pic turned out great. Love the pasta dish too - orzo is fabulous.

♥peachkins♥ said...

This is both colorful and delicious!

Randi Troxell said...

pretty pic... and this meal looks really good, i love pasta!

Mary said...

Candy for the eyes and food for the stomach is a hard combination to beat. I love your orzo recipe. Blessings...Mary

Kathy B! said...

Cool dragon fly!!

I've never made orzo pasta! I might have to give it a whirl. And for some reason I can not find fresh basil ANYWHERE in the markets around here.... and the stupid bugs ate the one in my garden... ANd I have the most beautiful tomoatoes that are almost ripe. Not sure why I'm telling you all this...

teresa said...

Mmm, this is a perfect summer dish. Don't you love being able to get your food right from your backyard!

The Blonde Duck said...

It's like pasta week over here. We had mac and cheese last night (and fried chicken, of course) and tommorow we're having meatballs and spegetti...and I've got a sneaking suspicion my mom and sister want to go to Luby's tonight. And you can't go to Luby's and not have the macaroni!

HoneyB said...

Orzo is something else I have never made myself! It looks yummy!

Reeni♥ said...

This looks delicious with fresh veggies and basil from the garden! And what an awesome picture!

burpandslurp said...

That is a really cool pic of the dragonfly! Great photography skills.
your hubby's crazy! I would be totally MAD over this pasta dish!

girlichef said...

This sounds delicious...yummy yum yum! So, let me get this straight...hubby does NOT like pasta and daughter LOVES pasta...oi! You must have to double-cook sometimes.

Chow and Chatter said...

i need to try making orzo will get some and use your recipe, thats a big dragon fly!

Kristin said...

Mmmmmmmmm. I love orzo!! Made your spicky chicken wraps tonight, except I used flatbread. It turned it delicious. Thanks!

WhisperingWriter said...

I had no idea what an orzo even WAS until I saw this.

It looks tasty!

Julie said...

Mmm...those breadcrumbs on top really seal the deal for me. Yum!

Julia said...

So did he like this one????? Let him come to my house for a week and he will be begging for your pasta dishes. Really.

Chef E said...

Yikes I just read 'Lubys' in Blonde Ducks comment...I have to go there before I leave town and head to the NE where I crave my comfort foods!

Oh...I also love orzo, and this looks great...I got a good pic of a dragonfly last fall at the river while fishing!

Aggie said...

That looks delicious! I love orza and recently discovered whole wheat orzo...I'll be making this soon!!

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